Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Your safety net

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The economic impacts of the Coronavirus and health measures to prevent its spread could see otherwise profitable and viable businesses temporarily face financial distress.

Temporary changes to insolvency laws mean these businesses have a safety net so they can resume normal operations when the crisis has passed.

Next steps

If your business is facing financial difficulty talk to ATO about tailoring solutions for your circumstances, including temporary reduction of payments or deferrals, or withholding enforcement actions.

Case study

Steph, Mon and David own a small company that operates a chain of yoga studios in Sydney. Social distancing measures require the participants in the yoga class to be significantly reduced. As a result, their company incurs more debt and cannot pay when they become due and payable.

Under the provisions of the Corporations Act, the three owners would be personally liable if the business took on further debt without entering an insolvency procedure like voluntary administration or liquidation.

However, during the six month period in which the temporary relief is offered, their business can continue to open their yoga studios so that they can maintain their customers and quickly resume normal operations when the crisis has passed, and continue to incur debt. When economic conditions improve, the company can pay back the debt incurred.

Fact sheet

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