Case Details and Significance
The case titled Commissioner of Taxation v Apted  FCAFC 45 centered around Mr. Jeremy Apted, who had acquired his ABN in 2012. However, he chose to voluntarily cancel his ABN in 2018 and subsequently resumed work in September 2019, opting not to reactivate it, under the assumption that reactivation was solely required for GST registration.
Amidst the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Apted endeavored to reactivate his ABN and applied for the JobKeeper subsidy. Regrettably, the ATO rejected his JobKeeper application, citing the absence of his ABN on March 12, 2020. Taking swift action, Mr. Apted retroactively restored his ABN to July 1, 2019, aiming to rectify the situation. However, the ATO persisted in dismissing his JobKeeper application. Subsequently, Mr. Apted pursued a review through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), which ultimately ruled in his favor, acknowledging his eligibility for the JobKeeper payment.
Legal Proceedings and Implications
Dissatisfied with the AAT’s verdict, the ATO lodged an appeal with the full court. Yet, come March 2021, the AAT’s ruling remained upheld. In his decision, Honourable Justice John Logan emphasized that Mr. Apted had indeed been engaged in an enterprise before March 12, 2020. He questioned the ATO’s position, particularly in light of the pandemic’s profound influence on businesses.
While initially contemplating a potential appeal to the High Court, the ATO recently announced their acknowledgment of the Federal Court’s judgment and their decision not to pursue further appeals. Consequently, the ATO intends to revisit past instances where applications for JobKeeper and cash flow boosts were denied. This review aims to identify any disparities between the rationales for their decisions and the findings of the court.
How We Can Assist
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