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Final Reminder for Application Deadline
May 3rd 2022

R&D Tax Incentive – applications to register R&D activities must be lodged by Tuesday 3rd May

It is important to note that the 3rd May lodgement deadline to register your 20/21 financial year R&D activities is looming fast for companies with a standard 30th June reporting year-end. This newsletter serves as your May 2022 R&D lodgement final reminder of application deadline. Other entities with a substituted accounting period have 10 months from the completion of their financial year to register.


  1. Rates | Record Keeping Tips | Deadline Information
  2. Export Market Development Grant Receives Regional-Only Funding
  3. NSW Export Assistance Grant


The new R&D Tax Incentive rates of return are:

FY 2020-21

  • Annual revenue <$20m – Company Tax Rate: 26% – Refundable Tax Benefit: 43.5% (if matched by tax losses) or 17.5% (when trading in profit)
  • Annual revenue $20m-$50m – Company Tax Rate: 26% – Non-Refundable Tax Offset: 12.5%
  • Annual revenue >$50m – Company Tax Rate: 30% – Non-Refundable Tax Offset: 8.5%


FY 2021-22

  • Annual revenue <$20m – Company Tax Rate: 25% – Refundable Tax Benefit: 43.5% (if matched by tax losses) or 18.5% (when trading in profit)
  • Annual revenue $20m-$50m – Company Tax Rate: 25% – Refundable Tax Benefit/2 tier benefit: 8.5% on eligible R&D expenditure which accounts for up to 2% of total company expenses and an additional 16.5% on eligible R&D expenditure exceeding the 2% baseline.
  • Annual revenue >$50m – Company Tax Rate: 30% – Refundable Tax Benefit/2 tier benefit: 8.5% on eligible R&D expenditure up to 2% of total company expenses and an additional 16.5% on eligible R&D expenditure exceeding the 2% baseline.


End of Financial year R&D Tax housekeeping tips:

  • Pay your associated party R&D fees by 30th June each year – if an entity or contractor is associated in any way with the R&D entity ( i.e. shareholder, director, staff, or associated entity) their fees for R&D services must be paid for by the 30th June in the year of the R&D activity otherwise the ATO will not allow the claimant to drawdown the tax benefit when the tax return is lodged, instead, the unpaid associated party expense must be carried forward in the tax return and only realised when the expense is paid.
  • Pay your R&D staff superannuation payments by the 30th June each year – to be eligible to claim the superannuation costs relating to R&D staff requires the superannuation to be paid on or before the end of the financial year. Similarly, late compulsory superannuation payments cannot be claimed in the financial year they apply but can be claimed in the following year when paid.


R&D Tax record-keeping tips:

It is also important to note that the R&D Tax Incentive is a self-assessment program requiring claimants to maintain contemporaneous records that track the progress of their R&D activities and quantify the costs associated with the activities being claimed. If suitable records are not maintained claimants run the risk of having their prior year/s claims rejected if audited and forced to pay back the benefits received plus interest and penalties. Listed below are the types of records that would be appropriate to meet compliance requirements:

  • populating an annual R&D project plan which identifies your eligible core and supporting activities
  • writing monthly technical reports which report on the conduct of your R&D activities
  • completing weekly time-sheets for your R&D staff against eligible activities to calculate the claimable apportionment of time
  • taking photos evidencing stages of prototype work and;
  • recording technical meetings
  • tracking the material costs associated with each trial


Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)

Receives additional funding in May budget but only for regional companies

Under the new EMDG program, eligible SMEs are able to apply for forward grant funding over multiple years to cover eligible marketing and promotional activities.

The oversubscribed and underfunded Export Market Development Grants scheme has been given a $100 million funding boost over the next two years, but this extra cash will only be accessible for regional companies.

The Federal budget, unveiled by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday night, included $100 million over two years for the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) through the Regional Accelerator Program.

This funding will only be for regional-based companies looking to access the scheme, which provides reimbursements of up to 50 per cent for eligible export promotion expenses.

The funding will come from the Department of Regional Development rather than the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which administers the scheme.

DFAT’s funding for the EMDGs will remain steady at $157 million per year over the forward estimates, but the regional boost effectively ups this to $207 million in 2022-23 and 2023-24, before it drops back down to the ongoing amount.

Round 2 applications are expected to open soon which will cover eligible export marketing activities from the 1st July 2022.

Grant agreements for Tier 2 and 3 applicants who applied for the first Round (commencing 1st July 2021) will be issued shortly.


NSW Export Assistance Grant

If you are an exporting business, or if you were exporting goods or services before the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought, you may be eligible for an export assistance grant of up to $10,000.

Eligible Activities

This grant helps eligible export businesses in NSW access global markets. Funds can be used for:

  • marketing materials
  • website internationalisation
  • pivoting to online delivery (for example, converting face-to-face training content to online content for international audiences)
  • e-commerce development
  • market research
  • international tradeshow and trade missions
  • inbound business support
  • costs to support compliance/localisation of products for export
  • costs to protect business in international markets.


Available Funding

This grant will be provided as reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business, for expenses already paid since 1 January 2020.


How to Apply

You can submit either one application up to the maximum of $10,000 or multiple applications of a minimum of $2,000 per each application, totaling a maximum of $10,000.

Applications close at 11:59pm on 30 June 2022 or when the allocated funding is exhausted.



To be eligible for this grant, you must:

  • be based in NSW
  • be currently exporting, or were exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought
  • employ a minimum of 3 full-time equivalent workers at the time of application
  • own the goods/services to be exported, or be able to provide documented evidence that you are the agreed export supplier
  • produce the goods/services to be exported in Australia, or be able to provide documented evidence that the business provides substantial value to NSW
  • be an exporting business with an annual turnover of:
    • up to $100 million, or
    • greater than $100 million that can demonstrate export turnover has declined by more than 30% in the 2019–20 financial year and have an intention to re-establish your export business in your established markets and/or diversify into new markets.

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– Final Reminder – application deadline looming fast –

Ryan can assist with services such as:

  • Scope your potential to claim various grant programs
  • Assist with the preparation and lodgement of grant applications
  • Review or provide a health check on your internally prepared grant applications
  • Establish record-keeping practices as required under various grant programs
  • Provide prepayment loans against future cash refunds under the R&D Tax Incentive
  • Keeping industry informed on all new Government policy and grant initiatives

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