Are you across the new software guidance AusIndustry released to assist R&D applicants?

Posted by Michael Derin on 05-Mar-2019 11:52:46

On 21 February 2019, AusIndustry released new software guidance documents: “Software Activities and the R&D Tax Incentive” and a “Guide to Common Errors”.

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Topics: Tech Business, r&d, taxation, AusIndustry, technology

Is my startup eligible for the R&D Grant?

Posted by Michael Derin on 29-Mar-2018 13:27:48

The R&D Tax Incentive is a government initiative that focuses on providing a tax offset for some of the company’s costs associated with research and development activity.

While there is legislation that determines eligibility it is self assessed. What does that mean?

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Topics: Tech Business, Startups, innovation, r&d, Startup Australia, commercialization australia

Top 5 Government Grants for Start Ups in Australia

Posted by Michael Derin on 16-Mar-2018 11:10:31

a great idea for a business but struggling to get it off the ground?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics small businesses account for 97.4% of all Australian businesses. So the Australian Government has actually created some pretty enviable grants for startups.

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Topics: Startups, r&d, Government grant, EMDG, Business idea, CSIRO, Asset Write-Off, technology

R&D Planning

Posted by Jack Qi on 26-May-2017 09:14:24

Research and development ("R&D") can provide valuable information and guidance for growing a business. Defining a businesses target market, identifying the customers needs and then developing new products and services that fit these customer needs. Research and development is of particular importance to innovation within a business, and plays a critical role in the innovation process. It provides an understanding of technology investment requirements now and in the future to produce new products, processes and services. 

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Topics: Tech Business, Tax, r&d

ATO alert on R&D claims for software development – our TOP NINE risks assessed and answered.

Posted by Azure Group on 23-Feb-2017 11:59:24


On Monday 20th February the ATO released its Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/5 warning of review activity being undertaken by ATO and AusIndustry (who jointly administer the R&D tax incentive) targeting R&D tax incentive claims on software development projects where some or all of the expenditure incurred are not eligible R&D activities.

We have broken down the top nine risks in a clear and concise summary with some insight on measures that should be adopted to ensure that R&D claims satisfy the eligibility criteria.

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Topics: Tech Business, Startups, r&d, incentives