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JobKeeper Payment Information For Employers

JobKeeper Payment Information For Employers

31 March 2020

In addition to existing business assistance measures the Federal Government has now announced a substantive wage subsidy scheme to help keep people employed through this difficult period. It’s called the JobKeeper Payment.

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.


ELIGIBLE EMPLOYERS

Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if:

  • Their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30% relative to a comparable period for a year ago (of at least a month); or
  • Their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50% relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month); and
  • The business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy

The employer must have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020, and confirm that each eligible employee is currently engaged in order to receive JobKeeper Payments.

Not-for-profit entities (including charities) and self-employed individuals (businesses without employees) that meet the turnover tests that apply for businesses are eligible to apply for JobKeeper Payment.


ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES

Eligable employees are employees who:

  • Are currently employed by the eligible employer (including those stood down or re-hired.)
  • Were employed by the employer at 1 March 2020;
  • Are full-time, part-time, or long term casuals (a casual employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March 2020);
  • Are at least 16 years of age;
  • Are an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, a Protected Special Category Visa Holder, a non-protected Special Category Visa Holder who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa Holder; and
  • Are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer.

If your employees receive the JobKeeper Payment, this may affect their eligibility for payments from Services Australia as they must report their JobKeeper Payment as income.


THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Businesses with employees 

Initially, employers can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper Payment. Register Here

Subsequently, eligible employers will be able to apply for the scheme by means of an online application. The first payment will be received by employers from the ATO in the first week of May. 

Eligible employers will need to identify eligible employees for JobKeeper Payments and must provide monthly updates to the ATO. 

Participating employers will be required to ensure eligible employees will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight, before tax. (To confirm, the employer must hold tax back from the $1,500 payment before it is paid to the employee).  

It will be up the employer if they want to pay superannuation on any additional wage paid because of the JobKeeper Payment


Businesses without employees 

Businesses without employees, such as self-employed, can register their interest in applying for JobKeeper Payment. Register Here

Businesses without employees will need to provide an ABN for their business, nominate an individual to receive the payment and provide that individual’s Tax File Number and provide a declaration as to recent business activity. 

People who are self-employed will need to provide a monthly update to the ATO to declare their continued eligibility for the payments. Payment will be made to the individual’s bank account.

Please note self-employed recipients must hold back tax from each $1,500 payment for their end of year tax liability.  


HOW TO RECEIVE THE JOBKEEPER PAYMENT

To receive the JobKeeper Payment employers must:

Step 1Register an intention to apply on the ATO website

Employers must register an intention to apply on the ATO website and assess that they have or will experience the required turnover decline.

Register Here
Step 2Provide information to the ATO on eligible employees

This includes information on the number of eligible employees engaged as at 1 March 2020 and those currently employed by the business (including those stood down or re-hired). For most businesses, the ATO will use Single Touch Payroll data to pre-populate the employee details for the business.
Step 3Ensure that each eligible employee receives at least $1,500 per fortnight (before tax)

For employees that were already receiving this amount from the employer then their income will not change. For employees that have been receiving less than this amount, the employer will need to top up the payment to the employee up to $1,500, before tax. And for those employees earning more than this amount, the employer is able to provide them with a top-up.
Step 4Notify employees

Notify all eligible employees that they are receiving the JobKeeper Payment. 
Step 5 Continue reporting

Employers must continue to provide information to the ATO on a monthly basis, including the number of eligible employees employed by the business.

Make sure to give us a call on 4421 6500 or email if there’s anything we can do to help.


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