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Australian Federal Budget proposes significant business tax incentives

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October 2020


Australia’s Federal Budget (Budget) for the 2020-21 year was announced on October 6.  Consistent with its goal of stimulating economic growth and employment, the Budget includes tax measures designed to encourage business investment. This Insight summarizes measures that may be relevant for multinational groups, including:

  • immediate deductions for certain capital expenditures
  • the new temporary loss carryback regime
  • expansion of the research and development (R&D) tax incentive
  • incentives for business to employ staff and
  • amendments to the corporate residency rules.

For a more comprehensive analysis of all budget measures (including individual tax measures), please refer to PwC Australia’s Budget Analysis

The takeaway

Australia’s Budget was designed to stimulate economic recovery and employment growth.  To this end, it includes a range of tax changes that could provide opportunities to taxpayers with Australian operations, including the potential to obtain cash refunds, significant accelerated deductions, and R&D and employment incentives. 

However, multinational groups will need to determine whether they are eligible to utilize these changes.

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Bernard Moens

US International Tax Inbound Leader, PwC US

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