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Key EOFY Implications for the R&D Tax Incentive

Over the last twelve months there has been substantial activity in respect to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive with various announcements broadcasted by AusIndustry and the Australian Tax Office (ATO), as well as the release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).  We’ve moved from a mining-led economy to one which is increasingly driven by technology and innovation. Consequently, this has led to an increased focus on the R&D tax incentive.

In light of this, to keep you informed with the developments regarding the R&D tax incentive, we’ve provided important information regarding the R&D Tax Incentive and the End Of Financial Year (“EOFY”) which falls on 30 June.

The following R&D tax claim information will apply to companies that:

  • have recently submitted a 2015 R&D claim; and
  • intend to submit a 2016 R&D Claim.

Payment of R&D Expenditure to Associates

  • Companies intending to submit a 2016 R&D Claim must pay any R&D expenditure incurred to associate entities before year end (i.e. 30 June).
  • Where a company incurs R&D expenditure from associates that is not paid by the end of the financial year, the company is able to carry forward the amount and claim as R&D expenditure in subsequent years when the item is paid.

Increased Compliance Activity

  • AusIndustry will likely start compliance activity for FY15 applications that were lodged around the April 30 deadline. If you are concerned about an Audit, see our blog on the topic, which clarifies what to expect.

Claiming Overseas Expenditure 

  • Companies intending to claim overseas activity costs in their FY16 R&D Tax Incentive claim must seek approval to claim these costs by lodging an Overseas Finding Application before the end of the financial year.

If you have any further questions on the R&D tax incentive, please do not hesitate to contact one of AusGrant today.

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