Arts and Humanities research excluded from R & D tax incentives - again

The government’s R & D Tax Incentive Guide to Interpretation, released recently to assist businesses understand when and how they can claim government tax incentives for investment in research and development, continues its previous pattern of exclusion of research in the arts (and the Humanities).  In his media release, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos, said: ‘Making it easier for businesses to undertake quality research and development activities is crucial in driving Australia’s productivity’.

Presumably the Minister does not rate productivity in our arts sector, cultural tourism sector or indeed any business who may see design, or a better understanding of customers as important to their business, as ‘crucial’ for Australia’s future productivity.

The guide is available at: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/research-and-development-tax-incentive

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