On 7 March 2023, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued a release on pending legislation for the digital games tax offset that was first announced as part of the Budget 2021-22.
Digital Games Tax Offset
The Australian Government has introduced legislation to establish a Digital Games Tax Offset.
On 23 November 2022, the government introduced legislation to establish a Digital Games Tax Offset (DGTO). The legislation forms part of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2022 Measures No. 4) Bill 2022.
The DGTO provides eligible game developers with a 30% refundable tax offset for qualifying Australian development expenditure from 1 July 2022.
It will be available for completion, ongoing development, or porting of digital games, subject to:
The offset is capped at $20 million per company (or group of companies that are connected or affiliated) per income year. Reaching this cap would require approximately $66.7 million in eligible expenditure.
Applicants must be companies that are either:
For more information, see: