The ATO understands the way some businesses operate has been impacted as a result of COVID-19.
Some of these impacts may have resulted in changes that affect whether they are able to utilise their carried-forward losses in the current or a future income year.
For companies to utilise their carried-forward losses in a particular year, they need to satisfy the continuity of ownership test or, if they fail that test, they need to satisfy the business continuity test (‘BCT’).
Whether a company can utilise carried-forward losses requires a consideration of its facts and circumstances.
Generally, a company that has completely closed its business with no intention to resume will fail the BCT. However, a company that has temporarily closed its business may still be able to satisfy the BCT.
Importantly, the mere receipt of JobKeeper payments will not cause a company to fail the BCT.
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