R&D tax is complicated, right?

That’s what we’re here for

R&D tax and finance for startups and SMEs

  • Refunds of up to 43.5%
  • Major funding source
  • No win, no fee
  • R&D finance option
  • Experts in startup claims

The R&D Tax Incentive is one of the major funding sources for startups and fast-growing businesses in Australia. It’s available annually, doesn’t dilute your equity and there’s even the possibility of getting the funds in advance thanks to R&D finance.

What’s not to love? Well, there’s a lot of work involved in applying for it and complying with government regulations. For startups, it’s especially daunting.

That’s why we keep it simple – simple process, simple fees. But we’re not afraid of complex tech and software claims. We’ve done hundreds over the years, plus all sorts of others from foodtech to medtech. Find out more below, including how to contact our resident R&D expert.

R&D Tax

from $4,000

R&D Tax Incentive


  • Eligibility discussion
  • Review narrative
  • Expenditure calculation
  • AusIndustry application
  • Prepare tax schedule.

Base $4,000 for $100k R&D spend.

Full price list here.

$4,000 for $100k spend

$5,000 for $200k

$6,000 for $300k

$7,000 for $400k

$8,000 for $500k

$9,000 for $600k

$11,000 for $700k

$13,000 for $800k

$15,000 for $900k

$17,000 for $1m

POA for $1m+


$2,000 support fee

Support for finance application


  • R&D expenditure estimation
  • Refund estimation
  • Forward cashflow, if needed
  • Support letter for R&D financiers
  •  Liaison with R&D financiers

$2,000 per supporting documentation set.

Financiers’ fees apply separately.

All prices exclude GST.

R&D preparation services are payable after your claim has been lodged and registered with AusIndustry.

‘No win, no fee’ means if we don’t progress to lodging your claim for any reason, there are no fees.

If you need us to prepare your technical descriptions we might need to include an additional fee, depending on
the info you have and support you need, but don’t worry – we’ll talk to you about it as soon as we know.

The R&D Tax Incentive refund is received through submitting your tax return. If we’re preparing that for you too,
our tax return fees will apply. Please view our Terms & Conditions for more info or talk to us.

Meet our R&D Tax
and Grants Specialist

There aren’t many people who know the R&D Tax Incentive like John does. Over the last 15+ years, he’s worked on it from every angle, including at AusIndustry and KPMG.

He’s handled R&D claims from the simple to the complex; for banks, tech giants, software companies and space startups. But he doesn’t do BS – he’ll give you a straight answer about your eligibility for R&D tax and other government assistance.

Choose a time that suits you
for a phone call.

Prefer email? No worries. Here you go.

And the rest of our team…

How our R&D services work

The R&D Tax Incentive can provide up to 43.5% of your 2020-21 or 2021-22 development costs back as a cash refund through the tax process at the end of the financial year. It can apply to many different businesses from software startups to engineering consultancies, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.


You’re likely to be eligible if you:

  • Are a company developing (or planning to develop) a unique, non-trivial software, hardware, engineered or manufactured product, process or service
  • Can describe these developments as a series of experiments with unknown outcomes from which you’ve learned along the way
  • Have spent at least $20,000 on eligible R&D expenses in the last financial year (which can include employees and Australian contractors as well as costs such as equipment, rent and other R&D related overheads)

How it works

You can apply for the R&D Tax Incentive each year – the registration deadline is 30 April for the previous financial year ending 30 June.

Our R&D Tax and Grants Specialist, John Nixon, brings more than 15 years' experience to your claim. He will let you know if it's worth applying, work through your eligible costs and guide you through the process. 


We do R&D pricing a bit differently - instead of taking a percentage of your final refund, we use a flat fee based on your R&D spend so you’ll know the cost up front:

  • $4,000 for an R&D spend up to $100k
  • $5,000 for a $200k spend
  • $6,000 for a $300k spend
  • $7,000 for a $400k spend
  • $8,000 for a $500k spend
  • $9,000 for a $600k spend
  • $11,000 for a $700k spend
  • $13,000 for a $800k spend
  • $15,000 for a $900k spend
  • $17,000 for a $1M spend
  • POA for a spend over $1M

Always on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means if we don't progress to lodging your claim for any reason, there are no fees. Also, if there are complexities identified in your kick off call, additional fees might be needed but don’t worry - we’ll discuss these first.


The R&D Tax Incentive is great when it hits your bank account, but what if you need the money before tax time rolls around? This is where R&D finance (also known as R&D forward funding or R&D lending) can come in very handy. It’s a smart, strategic way to keep cash coming in, without diluting your equity.

How it works

R&D finance is basically a loan against your expected R&D Tax Incentive refund. You pay it back when your R&D refund comes in.

We work with R&D finance specialist, Radium Capital (one of Australia's largest R&D lenders), to access this for our clients. They lend up to 80% of your expected R&D tax refund in one payment or in quarterly instalments. 

To access an R&D loan, you need your underlying R&D activities independently reviewed. We are one of Radium Capital's approved consultants for this. We prepare the supporting documentation lenders such as Radium require.  This involves your expected R&D expenditure and refund calculations, a letter of support, verification of your tax position and a forward cashflow, if required.

Supporting documentation pricing

$2,000 per supporting documentation set.

If you are doing multiple R&D loan draw downs throughout the year, it’s possible that the lender will require a support letter each time.


The R&D Tax Incentive remains one of the main funding sources for startups and fast-growing businesses in Australia. But we’re in a climate of increasing audits and some uncertainty, which has made record keeping paramount in complying with R&D tax regulations.

We’re here to help, with a document review service. Our R&D consultant will review your records and documents to make sure you’re on track with collecting all the info needed to support your claim once the financial year has ended. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.


$1,000 per review

Note: We often do half year or sometimes quarterly reviews – book them in now as part of your pre-planning process.


Interested in government grants?

Turns out, John’s your person for that too.

The word on the street…

… is that we’re great! You can take our word for it but it’s probably better coming from our clients.

“Outsourcing our accounting has allowed us to get on with everything else, like building our factory! The R&D Tax Incentive has also been very important. ”

Debbie and Lucas Van der Walt



“The team has helped me focus on what’s important - product and customers. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders.”

Mandeep Sodhi

Founder & CEO


Darren Wolchyn Smart Paddock

“R&D tax is an annual critical source of funding for us and we’ve used Standard Ledger since the beginning. It’s also been crucial to have the R&D finance option.”

Darren Wolchyn

CEO and Founder

Smart Paddock

“Standard Ledger’s knowledge has been awesome - how to raise money and how to make startups make financial sense. ”

Jock Lawrence



“It just made sense to hand my bookkeeping over to people I trust. It frees up my brain space.”

Shannon Gilleland


Pronto Bottle

“Standard Ledger has been instrumental in helping us formulate our structures and financial models. ”

Shane Thatcher



“Working with Remco and Mike has transformed my knowledge and enabled us to grow safely. ”

Charlie Hamer


Public Sector Network

“With Standard Ledger as our virtual CFO, we achieved an exit beyond what we’d ever hoped. ”

Kerin Haddon

Managing Director

Moorabbin Bin Hire

“Having Standard Ledger’s CFO support has been extremely valuable in accessing funding. ”

Richard Kavanagh


Piiq Digital

“We’re a startup, and these guys 'get it' and just get stuff done. They are making the complicated simple. ”

Michelle Nazarri



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