Skip to content
1300 308 460

Star & Associates
Level 7, 16 O'Connell Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Impact of COVID-19 on loss utilisation

The ATO has clarified on how the business continuity test applies for companies affected by COVID 19. 

To utilise carried-forward losses in a particular year, a company must satisfy the continuity of  ownership test or business continuity test. The business continuity test will not be met where a  company has ceased its business with no intention to resume. However, a company that continues  to carry on its business will not fail the business continuity test merely because it has: 

• reduced the scale of its business to a minimum or activities are almost entirely suspended • suspended or temporarily closed business due to reasons beyond its control which it intends  to overcome. 

The reasons for inactivity and expectation of resuming active operations within a reasonable time  are indicative of whether a company’s business is still being carried on. The mere receipt of  JobKeeper payments also does not prevent a company from satisfying the business continuity test. 

From CAP TAX News – 29 October 2020 / Edition 42

Share This