Australia: Country and Foreign Investment
There are generally no tax breaks for companies investing in Australia but, in the context of the 2008-09 global economic recession, and government policy to encourage the corporate sector, measures have been introduced to support small businesses.
Limited tax credits covering the cost of eligible fixed assets have been made available, and there is a range of measures that have been introduced to make tax administration simpler for small businesses.
A capital gains tax concession is given to facilitate non-resident investment in the Australian venture capital industry, in order to provide a source of equity capital for relatively high-risk start-up and expanding businesses.
In addition, there is a research and development tax credit system.