If your business has downscaled or stopped operating due to COVID-19, you may be able to claim GST and income tax deductions for expenses and losses. This depends on whether your business has stopped operating temporarily or permanently.
Income tax deductions
If your business has downscaled or stopped operating temporarily, you can usually still claim income tax deductions for expenses and losses.
If your business has stopped operating completely, you cannot usually claim these deductions, even if you may restart the business later.
If you’re registered for GST, and your business stops operating completely, you may need to cancel your GST registration. This means you will not be able to claim any more GST you’ve been charged (input tax).
If you are unsure how this relates to your business, you should discuss your situation with a tax agent.
You can also find out more in the Interpretation Statement IS 21/04.