Navigating R&D Tax Incentive this Tax Time with confidence


Businesses with a financial year ended 31 December 2022 have to lodge their application for the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive by 31 October 2023 with AusIndustry. This incentive can generate significant benefits for companies.

Navigating the intricacies of the R&D tax incentive might seem daunting, but with the right knowledge and strategy, you can confidently steer your business towards maximum returns. In this article, we'll explore key insights and actionable tips to help you make the most of the R&D tax incentive this tax time.

R&D Application Timing

If the financial year for your company ended 31 December 2022, you need to lodge your R&D application with AusIndustry by 31 October 2023 to be eligible to claim the R&D Tax Incentive on their 2023 tax return.



Before lodging your 2023 company tax return and the R&D schedule, consider these key points:

As you prepare to submit your 2023 company tax return along with the R&D schedule, it's important to keep these key considerations in mind:

  • Assess your eligibility
    Review your eligibility to ensure your activities qualify for the R&D tax incentives.
  • Follow the 2023 Schedule Instructions
    Utilise the instructions provided for the 2023 schedule to accurately complete your submission.
  • Utilise the R&D Calculator
    The R&D calculator can be a valuable tool in calculating your R&D tax incentive claim effectively.
  • Understand Offset Rates
    Be aware that offset rates vary based on your company's aggregated turnover and R&D intensity.
  • Note Increased Expenditure Threshold
    The R&D expenditure threshold increased to $150 million per year from income years starting on or after 1 July 2021.
  • Overseas R&D Activities
    R&D activities conducted overseas must be covered by an Overseas Finding.
  • Be mindful of Anti-Avoidance Rules
    There are general anti-avoidance rules in Part IVA to cancel the R&D tax offsets obtained in connection with a scheme.
  • Register R&D activities
    Remember to register each of your R&D activities with AusIndustry via the R&D Tax Incentive
    customer portal before submitting your claim.


Navigating R&D Tax Incentive Rates Based on Aggregated Turnover

For companies with an aggregated turnover of $20 million or more, or those controlled by income tax-exempt entities, their R&D rates are their company tax rate plus:

  • 8.5% for R&D expenditure up to 2% R&D intensity
  • 16.5% for R&D expenditure above 2% R&D intensity.

Alternatively, if your company's aggregated turnover falls below $20 million, the refundable R&D tax offset rate becomes your company's tax rate plus 18.5%.

Empowering your R&D Journey: Partner with Azure Group for Expert Assistance

Having supported numerous startups and SMEs in securing Government Grants, our team stands as advocates for the technology and emerging growth realm. Our accomplishments in acquiring the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI) for clients reflect our dedication. Beyond RDTI, we maintain a renowned status as tech sector specialists, collaborating with pioneering clients across diverse domains. Should you require help with your R&D claim, don't hesitate to reach out to Azure Group's R&D team.

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