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Thursday, 30 September 2010
Page: 281


Mr SHORTEN (Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation) (10:23 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

This bill supports the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2010, which introduces a new research and development tax incentive to replace the outdated and complex R&D tax concession.

Together the bills simplify the treatment of government grants under the new R&D tax incentive.

Where an entity’s research and development expenditure eligible for an R&D tax offset is funded from a government grant or recouped from government, the potential double benefit is clawed back.

This is effected by the entity paying an additional amount of income tax equal to 10 per cent of the relevant grant or recoupment amount. This form of adjustment is much easier for taxpayers and administrators than the current arrangements because it avoids the need to recalculate tax offset entitlements for previous years.

This bill contains the necessary amendments to the Income Tax Rates Act 1986, which in accordance with normal government practice are contained in a bill separate from the other amendments.

Full details of the amendments in this bill are contained in the combined explanatory memorandum to this bill and the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Turnbull) adjourned.