JobKeeper payment enrolment opens

Enrolment for JobKeeper Payment opened on 20 April 2020 and must be completed by 30 April 2020 to claim JobKeeper payments for April.

In summary, the JobKeeper Payment provides a wage subsidy to businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Government will provide eligible employers with $1,500 per fortnight per employee to help them retain workers through this period.

While for some businesses assessing eligibility will be relatively straightforward, there may be a substantial number where there will be issues to resolve. This includes determining the turnover position (which is not simply GST per the BAS) and determining which employees (or self-employed individuals) are eligible for the JobKeeper payment. There may also be some circumstances where a business may seem not to qualify; however, there may be alternative eligibility criteria which provide the basis for applying. We can help you with this.

Please note: incorrectly claiming would leave the business with the obligation to repay the JobKeeper benefit received even though it has been paid to the employee. There also can be penalties for improperly obtaining JobKeeper benefits.

To complete the process yourself, you will need a myGovID which has been linked to the ABN of the business in Relationship Authorisation Manager.

Click here for details on how to set this up.

The ATO has detailed the application and enrolment process on their website which can be accessed below:

Click here to view the detailed application process.