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Proposed Changes to the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive

To encourage R&D Incentive in Australia, make it easier for the businesses to access concessions and to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic, the government has proposed the following changes:

Aggregated Annual Turnover
R&D Intensity^
Proposed Premium
Proposed R&D Tax Offset Rate
Company Tax Rate 25%
Company Tax Rate 30%
Less than $20m
N/A
18.5%
43.5%
48.5%
$20m or more, or controlled by exempt entities
Less than 2%
8.5%
33.5%
38.5%
2% or more
16.5%
41.5%
46.5%
^ R&D intensity is a measure of the company’s annual R&D expenditure as a proportion of its total annual expenditure

The government has stated that it will not proceed with the $4 million cap on annual cash refunds for companies with aggregated turnover of less than $20 million.

For companies with aggregated turnover of $20 million or more, the intensity tiers will be reduced from three tiers to two, with the increased R&D premium.

The starting date is deferred to 1st July 2021 from 1st July 2019.


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