ATO moves to quell concerns over RDTI ruling


Denham Sadler
Senior Reporter

The Tax Office will only make a ruling on the eligibility of activities under the research and development tax incentive in “exceptional cases” and will aim to still consult with AusIndustry, after a ruling raised questions about its reach.

The research and development tax incentive (RDTI) is administered through a dual agency model, with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) handling the tax and financial elements and AusIndustry making determinations over the eligibility of R&D activities claimed under the scheme.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal earlier this year confirmed that the ATO can make a finding over the eligibility of a company’s claim under the RDTI, if AusIndustry has not made a finding and the statutory timeframe of four years is approaching.

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