Snapshot: The JobKeeper Payment

The JobKeeper payment is a subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee paid in arrears to the employer by the ATO. It’s for businesses that have suffered a detrimental decline in business because of COVID 19 to help keep their staff employed.

To receive the JobKeeper payment, there are a series of eligibility criteria and reporting and notification obligations that need to be met. 

Here’s a summary of what you need to do to claim JobKeeper payments for April. If these conditions are not met, you might still qualify for JobKeeper payments later in the year.

Is my business eligible?

On 1 March 2020:

And, the business:

If you are a sole trader, see Special Conditions for Business Owners.

Does the business meet the basic decline in turnover test?

Compare your GST Turnover for:

with your actual GST turnover for the same period in 2019 (reported on your activity statement).

GST turnover includes taxable and GST-free sales, but not input taxed supplies like interest, dividends and residential rental income.

If you are not registered for GST you can still potentially qualify and will need to calculate the decline in turnover in much the same way as a GST registered business.

To qualify for JobKeeper, your decline in turnover needs to be:

> 15% ACNC-registered charity (excluding universities, schools including preschools)
> 50% Large businesses with aggregated turnover of $1bn or more (or smaller businesses that are part of a group with turnover of $1bn or more)
> 30% For all other entities

Are my employees eligible?

An employee is eligible if on 1 March 2020, they were: 

If you are a sole trader, director or shareholder, partner in a partnership, or beneficiary of a trust, see Special Conditions for Business Owners.

JobKeeper nomination form to employees

If you have eligible employees you intend to claim JobKeeper payments for, they need to sign the JobKeeper Employee Nomination form and give it back to you by 30 April 2020.

An individual can only have one JobKeeper employer. The form ensures they are your JobKeeper and not someone else’s.

Register with the ATO

If the first eligibility tests are met, register for JobKeeper with the ATO. Use the ATO’s business portal (you will need a myGovID linked to your ABN).

Pay your employees by 30 April 2020

For April JobKeeper payments, you need to have paid your employees at least $1,500 per person (before tax or salary sacrifice) for the fortnights 30 March 2020 - 12 April 2020, and 13 April 2020 - 26 April 2020, by 30 April 2020.

Ensure each eligible employee is updated in your single touch payroll system by 30 April 2020. 

Claim the JobKeeper amount

From 4 May 2020, identify your eligible employees (either through single touch payroll or through the business portal) and complete the declaration.

You will also need to provide your current and projected GST turnover (April 2020 and May 2020 for the first month).

Special Conditions for Business Owners

One business owner – sole trader, director or shareholder, partner in a partnership, or an adult beneficiary of a trust – can qualify for JobKeeper payments, if the following conditions are met: 

And, on 1 March 2020 the individual:

* A ‘long term casual employee’ is a person who has been employed by the business on a regular and systematic basis during the period of 12 months that ended on 1 March 2020 (1 March 2019 to 1 March 2020) and have a reasonable expectation of ongoing work.

For further information, please visit the ATO website https://www.ato.gov.au/general/JobKeeper-Payment/
Important: The material and contents provided in this publication are informative in nature only.  It is not intended to be advice and you should not act specifically on the basis of this information alone.  If expert assistance is required, professional advice should be obtained.

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