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Voluntary Jobkeeper Repayments

Voluntary Jobkeeper Repayments

  • Saturday, 10 April 2021 16:56

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has provided some guidance on the tax treatment for businesses who wish to repay amounts received under the JobKeeper scheme. This follows on from the decision by some large employers to repay JobKeeper payments to the ATO.

The ATO confirms that the repayments do not reduce the amount that needs to be included in assessable income from the receipt of the JobKeeper payments originally.

When it comes to determining whether the amounts repaid to the ATO can be claimed as a deduction, the ATO indicates that voluntary repayments of JobKeeper amounts could be deductible in limited circumstances if the payment is clearly appropriate to achieve, or directed at achieving, the entity’s business objectives. Broadly this means that the repayments need to be connected with maintaining goodwill or are publicised in order to advertise the business.

For example, a deduction may be available if the payment is made to:

  • Prevent a reduction in business activities, or
  • Publicise and promote the business in the short-term.

Entities that decide to make a repayment should contact the ATO to make the necessary arrangements as the repayments are treated differently to other payments made to the ATO and require a special payment reference number. The ATO can be contacted for these purposes on 132866 (the business info line) or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


JobKeeper voluntary repayments



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