Accountant's Minute 231
Greetings, we hope that you're well and looking after yourself as well as your clients and that you're communicating with your clients in relation to their reopening strategies.
The National Cabinet has started the first tentative steps towards reopening the Australian economy with the release of the three step plan process that is to be implemented, primarily by state and territory governments, according to their own timetables.
Josh Frydenberg has indicated that it's costing the economy $4 billion for every week that the lockdown continues and he is keen to “get the economy moving again”.
Last Friday we conducted another of our "COVID-19 Survival Panel" webinars with keynote speakers Matthew Karakoulakis, Senior Partner AMK Law, Adelaide and Melbourne and Geoff Goodrich, Businessman, Managing Director of Great Power Solutions and “Ambassador for Territory Proud”.
Matthew Karakoulakis gave an interesting overview of the legal position relative to contracts and force majeure which outlined the historical significance of “force majeure” and “frustration”.
Matthew indicated that force majeure is generally where there is an unforeseen consequence, normally termed an “act of God”.
“We have never experienced COVID-19 before, meaning the definition of force majeure, as defined in that contract, probably would not operate to enable the force majeure clause to operate in the current circumstances, unless the definition itself permitted operation the principal as such which is unlikely given the virus itself is probably not an “act of God”.
“If the coronavirus (COVID-19) is not included in the definition of force majeure or if the contract does not have a force majeure clause, then it is likely the contract can be enforced".
Matthew also spoke about other legal issues that can affect SMEs including:
Geoff Goodrich discussed cost reductions within businesses and urged accountants to take a close interest in the cost reduction strategies that their clients are implementing, in particular, the reduction of energy costs. A number of examples of the financial benefits that businesses could obtain, in conjunction with government grants and the 100% instant asset right off, were presented by Geoff.
In the COVID-19 weekly update comments were made on the following items:
“In the ruling, the ATO notes that the Commissioner’s compliance approach will allow for some tolerance around projection predictions".
“If it later eventuates that your actual turnover for your turnover test period is greater than your prediction for your projected turnover, you do not lose access to the JobKeeper scheme”.
“The Commissioner will accept your assessment of these turnovers, unless he has reason to believe that your calculation of your projected GST turnover was not reasonable”.
You can link to the recording of the webinar featuring Matthew Karakoulakis and Geoff Goodrich by clicking here.
The next COVID-19 Survival Panel webinar is being presented on Friday, 15 May 2020 at 12 noon AEST with keynote presenters:
You can register for the complimentary webinar to be presented on Friday 15 May at 12 noon AEST by clicking here.
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Episode 231 - "We’ve Got To Get The Economy Moving Again" – Josh Frydenberg – Federal Treasurer
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