R&D Tax Incentive – end of financial year reminders | EMDG – Access the new unmodulated $100,000 first tranche payment

TCF NEWSLETTER | 22.06.2020

ASSOCIATED PAYMENTS – R&D ADVANCE AND OVERSEAS FINDINGS –

R&D START UPS –  EMDG – TCF SERVICES

The end of financial year is upon us again so I wish to remind you to finalise any transactions as required under the R&D Tax Incentive to ensure you don’t miss out on any potential return as follows:

Payments to associated parties

To claim eligible R&D expenses incurred from associated parties (by reason of family or business ownership connections) an R&D entity must have “paid” such expenses by the 30th June or the last day of the financial year for any non-standard reporting period entities. If for any reason these expenses are not paid by the 30th June, the R&D entity may elect to:

  • claim the expenses as a standard deduction in the year they are incurred (foregoing the benefits under the R&D Tax Incentive); or
  • after registering the eligible activities and expenses with AusIndustry, defer claiming the expenses until the following year when they are actually paid.

Advance and Overseas Findings

Provisional applications for Advance and Overseas Findings covering R&D activities which occurred in the 19/20 financial year must be lodged by June 30th

As an outcome of COVID-19 the scheme administrators have extended the period in which finding applications can be lodged to the end of September but this only applies if a provisional application is lodged by the 30th June – don’t miss out.

Please note that obtaining a positive Advanced or Overseas finding outcome from Innovation Australia does not ensure that all of the costs you wish to claim are 100% eligible unless you also obtain a ATO private ruling, this has been catching some claimants our recently.

R&D Start-Ups

R&D Start-ups – Founders may be better off taking a salary

If you are bootstrapping and not taking a salary to keep costs low whilst you kick off your R&D start-up business, think again, as this may not be in your best interests. By bootstrapping, you not only undervalue the intellectual property you are developing in your company but you may also negate your ability to claim a 43.5% reimbursement of the true costs incurred under the R&D Tax Incentive. If you are spending most of your time undertaking eligible R&D activities you should consider paying yourself an annual salary by paying PAYG tax and the associated superannuation guarantee levy related to any salaries by the end of June each year.

As the ATO puts no limitation on what you decide to do with the net portion of your salary you may decide to loan it back to your company, by doing so the net benefit would be the differential between the personal tax rate paid on the salary plus super versus the 43.5% tax offset earned by the company.

As the IP you are developing holds value, bootstrapping may result in a under valuation of your business when it comes time to raising capital because you have not substantiated the value undertaken in the early stage of the business.

Please note that Directors fees, franked dividends and trust distributions are not eligible expenses under the R&D Tax Incentive.

The Export Marketing Development Grant – EMDG

Applications for the 2019-20 grant year open on 1 July 2020, and in a further boost to exporters impacted by COVID-19, the Trade Minister Hon Simon Birmingham announced that the initial grant ceiling amount has been increased from $40,000 to $100,000.

Applicants who are entitled to a grant up to $100,000 will receive their full entitlement at the time of determination. Only grant amounts over $100,000 will be subject to a modulated  second tranche payment in June 2021.

The increase in the grant ceiling amount will ensure that the majority of EMDG applicants receive their full entitlement, providing a much-needed funding boost and a timely cash flow injection.

Applications lodged in the early months of July & August are generally assessed and paid within 4 weeks, so there is a clear incentive for exporters to prepare and lodge their 2019-20 EMDG applications as early as possible.

Export Performance Test

The Government also announced that the export performance test, which normally applies to applicants in grant years 3 and beyond, will not apply for the 2019-20 grant year.

Accordingly, eligible exporters will be able to seek up to 50% reimbursement for eligible marketing expenses without the secondary export earnings test applying.

Applicants are still limited to a maximum of 8 grants under EMDG, and the export performance test is likely to return in 2020-21.

Covid-19 Disruptions

Austrade have confirmed that expenses incurred during 2019-20 for activities that did not eventuate as a result of Covid-19, for example overseas flights or trade fairs, will still be claimable expenses provided the exporter has not received, or is not entitled to receive, a credit for those expenses.

Future of EMDG

The Government commissioned a review of the EMDG Scheme and export assistance in Oct 2019. The Review, chaired by SA exporter Anna Fisher, was to report to the Minister by the end of March 2020. Covid-19 has obviously changed the goalposts for not only the Review but also Government assistance in general.

We understand that the Review is being updated and revised, and will be provided to the Minister in due course. How the Government responds to the recommendations of the Review shall become apparent in the later part of 2020. While there is a commitment to export assistance, the Government is examining what is the most effective and efficient form of export support.

Services

TCF can assist  with free, no obligation services such as:

Give us a call.  We may be able to help your business.

Regards,

Gerry Frittmann and the team at TCF Services

R&D Tax Incentive inquiry pushed back again.

 

TCF NEWSLETTER | 12.06.2020

 

Reductions unlikely to affect 19/20 year claim lodgements 

 

The controversial changes to reduce benefits under the R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI) have been further delayed. The Senate Economics Legislation Committee was originally scheduled to conduct public hearings before delivering their report in April 2020. As an outcome of the COVID – 19 pandemic, public hearings will be held over the coming months with the committee’s report now expected to be delivered in December.

The Coalition government originally intended to pass the legislation for applicability to the 19/20 financial claims lodged in the 20/21 tax year, however, as a result of this latest delay, any proposed changes cannot be passed as Parliament won’t resit until February 2021 after which most claimants would have already accessed the existing benefits.

This would indicate that any changes made would not be retrospective – the very point that the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg would not confirm. We do however expect the RDTI offset rates to remain the same for 19/20 Tax claims.

 

What does this mean for you ?

  • Refundable (Turnover less than $20m): Your R&D offset rate for 20/21 will remain at 43.5%. This equates to a 16% benefit above the company tax rate for notional deductions.
  • Non-Refundable (Turnover greater than $20m – $50m): Your R&D offset for 20/21 will remain at 38.5% but as an outcome of the reduction in company tax rates top 27.5% the additional benefit equates to 11% above the company tax rate.
  • Non-Refundable (Turnover greater than $50m): Your R&D offset for 20/21 will remain at 38.5%. This equates to an additional benefit of 8.5% above the company tax rate

 

The future of the bill beyond December is uncertain

While the Government has committed to the new measures and a focus on reduction in R&D spend, the opposition has stated they “want a real and genuine engagement with the stakeholders who are going to be impacted” (Brendan O’Connor, Shadow Industry Minister).

The community response to these changes remains the same. Nearly 100 submissions were received during the initial phase of the Committee review of which nearly all were critical of the new measures.

If successful, the new measures are likely to apply to the 20/21 R&D claims.

 

Services

TCF can assist  with free, no obligation services such as:

 

Give us a call.

Regards,

Gerry Frittmann and the team at TCF Services

R&D Capital Partners $3million COVID Fund | R&D Tax Incentive and other Govt. Grants – Update

TCF SERVICES | R&D CAPITAL

NEWSLETTER | 30.04.2020

R&D Tax Incentive | Prepayment Loans | EMDG | MMF

 

Trying to navigate your business through the ongoing threat of the coronavirus whilst maintaining the security of your staff and clients will no doubt be a juggling act we will all have to manoeuvre for some time.  As such, industry assistance from both Federal and State Governments has never been more crucial, but don’t just look at current cash flow assistance stemming from the economic response to the virus. Other business grants and tax incentives are also available and can make an enormous difference to your ongoing viability.

 

TCF Services is OPEN for business

Like so many businesses around the country, we at TCF Services are following the Government’s advice to self-isolate with all our staff working from home. We are fully operational with our consulting team available during normal office hours and beyond. We have taken all appropriate digital security measures to continue working through our usual channels and are well equipped to service our client’s needs through this crisis.

 

R&D Tax Incentive 18/19 Financial claims

The cut-off date for end June 2019 financial year claims is normally 10 months after the year end being the end of April 2020 but AusIndustry has now extended the deadline to end September 2020. If your business is on hold and your looking for ways to survive, the time is now to work with an R&D tax consultant to check your eligibility and prepare your current 18/19 and 19/20 claims.

 

R&D Tax Incentive 19/20 Financial claims  

From 1st July, applications can be lodged under the R&D tax Incentive. If you incurred costs undertaking research and development activities please call us as you may be eligible to claim a cash reimbursement of up to 43.5%  against eligible costs incurred. All R&D companies should consider fast-tracking the claim preparation and contemporaneous record keeping requirements to ensure compliant claims.

Conversely, if you are planning to undertake R&D in 20/21 we also encourage you to call us so we can assist you with keeping the appropriate records to allow you to claim benefits in the following year.

 

R&D Tax prepayment loans

In addition, if you need cash NOW,  our sister company R&D Capital Partners is also able to prepay up to 80% of the expected cash refund expected from your clients 18/19 OR 19/20 R&D Tax claim. This applies to companies eligible for a refundable tax offset that are cashing out tax losses against R&D expenses claimed.

In response to the Covid-19 business impact on cash poor technology companies claiming the R&D Tax Incentive, TCF Services in partnership with R&D Capital Partners is offering reduced rates for a 6 month period only to provide:

  • R&D Tax prepayment loans of up to 80% against expected 18/19 or 19/20 financial year R&D tax cash refunds and;
  • R&D Tax claim services including the establishment of compliant record keeping practices.
  • Free scoping of other grant opportunities

Speak with David Tonkin,  Director of TCF Services  and R&D Capital, for more information.

 

Export Market Development grants:

This program has been under-funded for many years resulting in a modulated grant being paid to recipients of less than 50% of what they were entitled to. As part of the additional support provided by the Federal Government an additional $49 million has been provided so that all 2019 claims are fully paid in June. Perhaps it is a good time to consider preparing documentation now to be ready to lodge an application from the 1st July to enable a faster payment turnaround.

 

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund:

$50m Federal Government grant program which supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investment and up-skilling your staff.

·        $20m will be allocated for small grants ($50,000 to $100,000) to support technology and efficiency improvements. Co-funding is on a 50/50% basis.

·        $30m will be allocated for larger grants ( $100,000 to $1m) to support transformative investments in technologies and processes. Successful claimants will be provided with grants equal to 25% of projects costs with the 75% balance funded by the claimant.

* Round 2 – Applications are expected to open in May with a end of June lodgement deadline.

 

TCF Services Pty Ltd has successfully delivered over $2 billion in tax incentives and  grants for its clients over the past 29 years.

 

R&D Tax Incentive Funding Consultants Services Government Grants Research and Development Australia

Call David Tonkin on 0411304445 or email david@tcf.net.au