• Item 2

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    Salary expenditure

    (relevant to Australian owned and foreign owned R&D)

    At item 2 show the amount of eligible salary expenditure for employees who are engaged in eligible research and development activities (as defined in subsection 73B(1) of the ITAA 1936), including:

    • salaries, wages, allowances, bonuses, overtime payments, penalty rate payments, annual leave, sick leave and long service leave, and
    • on-costs such as contributions to a superannuation fund, premiums for workers compensation insurance and payroll tax.

    You may need to apportion the expenditure incurred between research and development and non-research and development activities.

    You cannot claim this type of expenditure in respect of Australian owned R&D unless your aggregate research and development amount is greater than $20,000.

    You cannot claim this type of expenditure in respect of foreign owned R&D unless your expenditure on foreign owned R&D is greater than $20,000.

    This item does not include:

    • salary expenditure incurred in the construction of R&D plant, depreciating assets, structural improvements and buildings
    • salary expenditure of R&D support staff not directly connected with the research and development activities; include those at item 3 Other R&D expenditure
    • salary expenditure in respect of Australian owned R&D where your aggregate research and development amount is less than or equal to $20,000
    • salary expenditure in respect of foreign owned R&D where your expenditure on foreign owned R&D is less than or equal to $20,000.

    Adjust the amount of salary expenditure claimed in accordance with the prepayment provisions (sections 82KZL to 82KZMF of the ITAA 1936).

    At E show the total R&D salary expenditure incurred (the base amount).

    At F show any amount of R&D salary expenditure on Australian owned R&D claimable at 100%.

    At G show any amount of R&D salary expenditure on Australian owned R&D claimable at 125%.

    At A show any amount of salary expenditure on foreign owned R&D.

    The total of the amounts at F, G and A must equal the base amount at E.

    For more information, see:

    • subsections 73B(1), 73B(14), 73B(14C) and 73B(14D) of the ITAA 1936
    • Taxation Ruling TR 2002/1 - Income tax: research and development: plant expenditure (pre 29 January 2001)
    • Guide to the R&D tax concession.
    Last modified: 01 Jun 2011QC 24211