Venture Capital Tax Concessions Review

The final report for the Venture Capital Tax Concessions review has been tabled in Parliament. Conducted by The Treasury and Industry Innovation & Science Australia, the review is positively disposed towards the programs.

Key findings include:

  • The tax concessions and investment vehicles offered by the Venture Capital Limited Partnership (VCLP) Early-Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP) and Australian Venture Capital Fund of Fund (AFOF) programs have been well received.
  • These programs have supported the growth of the Australian venture capital sector, which has experienced increased levels of venture capital investment, and the development of venture capital fund managers – the two primary objectives of the programs.
  • The programs contribute to the growth of the venture capital sector and their removal would be detrimental to the venture capital sector.
  • Stakeholders have noted that technical changes to the programs are required but does not make any recommendations on these. The Council will continue to work to position the need for these changes with Government.

Importantly, the report notes that the VCLP program has facilitated significant foreign investment in the Australian venture capital sector, by offering the prospect of attractive returns and an internationally recognisable investment vehicle being a fiscally transparent Limited Partnership.

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