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IS 22/01
Issued
14 Apr 2022

Income Tax – deductibility of costs incurred due to COVID-19

This statement considers whether a business may claim an income tax deduction for costs it incurs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and helps businesses decide whether these costs are deductible.

This statement applies to a business that is being carried on. For businesses that have ceased to operate (either temporarily or permanently) due to COVID-19, see IS 21/04.

IS 21/04: Income tax and GST - deductions for businesses disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Income Tax Act 2007, ss CC 1B, DA 1, DA 2, DB 20C, DB 62, DC 1, subpart EE

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