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What records should a software R&D company maintain in order to substantiate its R&D Tax claims?

AusIndustry and the ATO require claimants to demonstrate that their R&D activities and associated expenditures have been reliably determined through contemporaneous record keeping.

But what does this mean?

As a starting point, both bodies acknowledge that the “records kept by individual claimants will vary depending on the nature of their business”.

Contemporaneous means keeping records “as you go”.


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