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18 May, 2020

AAT R&D Tax Incentive Case

AAT R&D Tax Incentive Case: H2O Exchange and the Eligibility of Registered R&D Activities

A recent R&D Tax Incentive AAT Case (H2O Exchange and Innovation and Science Australia) focussed on the eligibility of R&D activities of a company developing a water rights trading platform. 

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29 Apr, 2020

Navigating the IP Journey

Tips on turning your ideas into valuable IP and money

by Tristan Boyd

They say the average human brain has 50,000 thoughts per day and for the inventive entrepreneurial types, a lot of those brain sparks are potentially the next big business idea. This coupled with the concept of multiple discovery (also known as simultaneous invention) which is the hypothesis that most scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors within a similar set time period, suggests maybe your ideas aren’t as new or unique after all.

Given the theory above and using it as a catalyst and motivator to protect your idea whilst also thinking about how you monetise your IP, we break down below how you can navigate this complex landscape.

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02 Apr, 2020

An update about Government Grants from the Ignite Innovation Team

The current global challenges placed before us highlight the need and opportunity for technological advancement, both to overcome the medical and healthcare challenges facing us, as well as address, as one prime example, the new reality of and need for remote and distributed work, social and lifestyle capabilities. If ever there was a time for technology and business innovation, it is now.

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24 Mar, 2020

R&D Tax Incentive Deadline Extension - June FY19 Income Year

AusIndustry has advised that it has extended the deadline for lodging Applications for Registration of R&D activities for the 30 June 2019 income year (FY19) to 30 September 2020, without the need to request an extension. You will still be required to provide your R&D Tax Incentive registration receipt number when you lodge your R&D Schedule with the Australian Taxation Office.

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20 Mar, 2020

Boosting Female Founders Initiative

The ‘Boosting Female Founders Initiative’ is a new competitive Federal Grants program to support more Australian women in work and supports Australia’s international obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). 

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24 Apr, 2019

The Grant Rant: Election Minefield

Politics counts… unfortunately

Another state election has passed and the Canberra mothership braces itself for the Federal version in May. I hate talking politics, I really do, but in the world of grants and incentives this counts. Why? Elections can change governments to a different flavour. Even if they remain, portfolios can change, Ministers reshuffled and policies inevitably change. That’s the part that affects things on the ground. Grants, funding, services, and infrastructure are all tools of policy delivery. Throw in an election promise or a budget (even a mini) and then you have the virtual bookends.

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31 Mar, 2019

The Grant Rant: Truth Behind Grants

What's the truth behind grants? Why are they there? Can I really get one? These are the questions we hear all the time from small business owners when they start investigating grants. So let's debunk some common myths and get to the bottom of things.

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22 Mar, 2019

Contractors versus employees: Why the difference matters

There’s a new wave called the “gig economy,” and it’s been on an exponential rise in the past decade. This trend is categorised by the large build-up of contractual workers in many companies, mostly those being in the tech industry. Getting contractors to perform work for companies has proven to be a great win-win scenario for job-seekers and job-providers alike.

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07 Dec, 2018

Tax deductions you can claim when you work from home

In today’s modern work culture, working from home is becoming more and more common. The advent of technology has allowed for practically anyone to take their work tasks and perform them from the comfort of their own living rooms. But like any emerging trend, there are gray areas that need to be clarified to avoid trouble.

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07 Nov, 2018

Owned Your Business for 15 years? Profits on Sale Could be Tax Free

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But the truth is that taxes are not as imminent as one may think. Government laws do provide exemptions and breaks for cases where it may be needed. One such area that these exemptions may apply is the Capital Gains Tax.

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