The Gillard Labor Government's new R&D Tax Credit will help businesses in every sector of the Australian economy transform and invest in the future - leading to more high-wage, high-skill jobs.

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Confirmation that Labor and the Greens will team up to pass retrograde changes to R&D tax incentive rules is another slap in the face for Australian manufacturers and miners.

It is also a damaging omen about the wheeling and dealing clearly already underway in preparation for a Green-controlled Senate from 1 July.

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Australian companies will become more innovative and globally competitive thanks to the new R&D tax incentive.

The Gillard Labor Government’s $1.8 billion R&D Tax Credit will deliver more funding to innovative firms – including manufacturers, ICT and biotech – increasing productivity and Australia’s national income.

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The Gillard Labor Government has introduced the R&D Tax Credit to replace the existing R&D Tax Concession with a more certain, more generous R&D incentive to business, particularly SMEs.

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It has been reported today that industry groups and tax advisers are urging a rethink from the Government as it stubbornly prepares this week to re-introduce legislation that has attracted widespread

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Business groups are calling on the Federal Government to urgently clarify whether its controversial R&D tax credit scheme will come into force as planned on July 1, after the legislation backing the new scheme

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The R&D Tax Incentive’s primary objective is to enhance and increase the amount of private sector R&D being conducted within Australia, with a view towards stimulating economic growth

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Apart from the change to a tax credit system and the new benefit levels, many of the other key issues are presented as options of how the new program may approach different issues.

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Last week saw the passing of legislation to increase the R&D expenditure threshold for R&D Tax Offset claimants from $1 million to $2 million for the 2009/10 year

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The Government has announced the planned end to the 125% Research & Development (“R&D”) Tax Concession and with it the Refundable R&D Tax Offset program.   In its place, a system of tax credits for

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TAX concessions to promote research and development in Australia will be re-examined under a review of government programs to encourage innovation.

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By the end of the 30th of June 2005, a total of 2,355 companies intended to claim the R&D Tax Offset and 891 companies intended to claim the 175% Premium R&D Tax Concession for

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Stream A supporting projects can include project scoping or innovation mapping activities in an industry sector. Maximum funding of $150,000 is available

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It is not rocket science

Time is running out for many companies to finalise their claims for this year's research and development (R&D) tax concessions. Despite potential benefits equivalent to 125% and even 175% of qualifying expenses, a surprisingly high number of companies appear not to take full advantage of the concession.

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The unfashionable topic of research and development (R&D) tax concessions moves towards centre stage this month, with the government agencies responsible for its administration

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The R&D Tax Concession administered by Ausindustry provides around 4000 Companies $500m per annum.

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Adelaide-based engineering company Priority Engineering Services can largely attribute its export success to the R&D tax concession it receives from the Commonwealth Government.Priority Engineering Services Managing Director, Mr Peter Page, believes his company's ability to access the R&D tax concession has been an integral aspect of the company's success in the domestic and international marketplace.

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Innovation Access Program

The Innovation Access Program is a competitive program to encourage innovation and competitiveness by assisting in the take up of leading edge technologies and best practice processes by Australian firms.

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There are many roads to success. The path from concept to commercialisation can be a treacherous journey for many entrepreneurs. And the road from export potential to genuine global player can offer more pitfalls than a Himalayan hike.

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R&D People

Mick Lynch and Marcus Webb making clients happy

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ADI - A BSI Fund

ADI recently secured Federal Government funding of approximately $4.6 million over four years under a new ICT Incubators Program, and is now seeking potential investments

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Tradex

The Tradex Scheme is designed to provide an up-front exemption from Customs Duty and GST on imported goods intended for re-export, or as inputs for goods to be exported

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Small businesses that were counting on government funding this year to undertake research and development and commercialisation of their projects were surprised by Canberra's announcement that funding for the R&D Start scheme will be suspended owing to a $40 million blow-out in spending this financial year.

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