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Karen Stein

Partner, R&D Tax and Government Incentives

Karen SteinTel: +61 2 9322 7387

Responsible for the NSW R&D practice, Karen has over 21 years of experience delivering R&D services to a broad range of entities and within a broad range of industries.  This experience includes 7 years in a nationally focussed R&D specialist consulting practice, followed by 14 years at Deloitte.

Karen leads the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) R&D Practice at Deloitte, and assists many of Australia’s major food and beverage manufacturers with maximising their R&D entitlements. Her depth of industry knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of the Consumer Business industry adds value to the R&D Services which Karen delivers to her clients.  With over 21 years of experience in identifying product and process R&D in the manufacturing sector, she has a detailed knowledge of technical issues within such industries and is skilled in preparing R&D claims for large multi-national organisations.

Karen also leads the NSW R&D Life-sciences team, where she assists ‘start-ups’ and developed life-sciences and pharma companies maximise their R&D funding opportunities.  Included in this is the provision of detailed training sessions and workshops, analysis and review of record keeping and innovation processes, and an examination of R&D projects. Karen assists such companies with a focus on their clinical trials, overseas activities, foreign investments within Australia, involvement of exempt entities, and application of a range of grants.

Karen assists companies with ATO and IR&D Board audits, development of R&D Project Plans, R&D Tax Concession and Incentive Claims, and Grant Applications.  She is focused on knowledge transfer and assisting companies with developing systems and processes which maximise their R&D claims.  In particular, with the move to the new R&D Tax Incentive, Karen is spending much time working with the regulators to develop the new program, and is assisting her clients with its new implementation.

Karen holds a Master of Laws (University of Sydney), Diploma of Legal Studies (University of Technology, Sydney), Bachelor of Laws (University of NSW) and a Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University). She is also admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Tax Technical Committee.


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