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Federal R&D Tax Credit Bill passes, more changes to come

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The passage last Thursday of the Tax Laws Amendment Bill (2009 Measures no 4) represents the Rudd Government’s first significant milestone on the road to delivering a more streamlined R&D Tax Credit for innovative Australian businesses.

The bill sets the foundation for the new R&D Tax Credit, first outlined in the Government’s 2009-10 Budget, which is due to take effect from 1 July, 2010.

The main impact of the bill is to lift the maximum amount a firm can spend on Research and Development (R&D) and remain eligible for the Tax Offset from $1 million to $2 million for the 2009-10 financial year.

Following the Bill’s passage, Federal Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr urged all eligible firms to take advantage of the increased cap.

Further information on the R&D Tax Offset, the new R&D Tax Credit and the consultation process is available at www.ausindustry.gov.au

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