Date posted: 15/04/2020

ATO launches JobKeeper website

JobKeeper payment information for employers, employees and tax professionals

In brief

  • Businesses can enrol for the JobKeeper payment from 20 April
  • Businesses seeking to claim JobKeeper payments for April must enrol by end of April
  • The ATO JobKeeper webpage covers information for employers, employees and tax professionals

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has launched the JobKeeper website (ATO website) which provides JobKeeper payment information for employers, employees and tax professionals.

The JobKeeper payment scheme was introduced by the Government to support businesses significantly affected by COVID-19 and is a reimbursement payment of A$1500 per fortnight to eligible employers to enable them to continue to pay their eligible employee's salary or wages of at least A$1500 (before tax) per fortnight.

Employers and their employees must meet a range of criteria to be eligible for the payment which includes reductions in turnover for their relevant business as a result of COVID-19.

Sole traders and other businesses (companies, trusts or partnerships) can also qualify for the JobKeeper payments, however more information will soon be released on the eligibility criteria required for these types of businesses.

The ATO website also outlines information to help tax professionals determine if their clients are eligible for the JobKeeper payment and the necessary steps to apply on behalf of a client.

Businesses and registered tax professionals will be able to enrol for the JobKeeper payment using the ATO Business Portal and authenticated with myGovID from 20 April 2020 and are encouraged to take the following five steps ahead of enrolment:

  • Step 1 – Register your interest and subscribe for JobKeeper payment updates.
  • Step 2 – Check that you and your employees meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Step 3 – Continue to pay at least A$1500 to each eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight (the first JobKeeper fortnight is the period from 30 March to 12 April).
  • Step 4 – Notify your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper payment on their behalf and check they aren't claiming JobKeeper payment through another employer or have nominated through another business.
  • Step 5 – Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to your employees to complete and return to you by the end of April if you plan to claim JobKeeper payment for April. Keep it on file and provide a copy to your registered tax agent if you are using one.

For further information on the JobKeeper payment, including employer and employee eligibility, how to enrol and steps for tax professionals, refer to the ATO's website.

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