As much as AU$20,000 can be saved on R&D costs
The Australian government has announced a re-working of its R&D Tax Concession, now known as the R&D Tax Incentive, to benefit local developers.
MCV Pacific reports that the incentive applies to any R&D (which, for local studios could mean the creation of new technology and game engines during the early phases of a game's development) occurring after 1st July 2011.
It will offer "a 45 per cent refundable tax offset (equivalent to a 150 per cent deduction) to eligible entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $20 million per annum" as well as "a non-refundable 40 per cent tax offset (equivalent to 133 per cent deduction) to all other eligible entities."
The bottom line is that a significant amount of development costs can now be recouped through the incentive scheme, which should spark growth in the local development community.
The incentive only applies to Australian companies or companies operating as residents of Australia which are claiming deductions of less than AUD$20,000, so will slant significantly towards the indie end of the spectrum.