Date posted: 30/04/2020

JobKeeper initial wage payment date extended

JobKeeper initial wage payment date extended from 30 April to 8 May 2020

In brief

  • Employers now have until 8 May to ensure all eligible employees have been paid $1500 (before tax) for 30 March – 12 April and 13 April – 26 April
  • If employees are not paid by 8 May, employers will not be able to claim JobKeeper for the first two fortnights
  • Employers have until 31 May 2020 to formally enrol to claim the JobKeeper payments for fortnights 1 and 2

Australia's Commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan, has extended the time available to employers to pay their employees and still be able to claim back the first JobKeeper payments. 

This announcement was accompanied by a media release issued by the Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar. 

Employers now have until 8 May to ensure all eligible employees have been paid $1500 (before tax) for JobKeeper fortnights 1 and 2 (30 March – 12 April, 13 April – 26 April).

If employees are not paid by 8 May, employers will not be able to claim JobKeeper for the first two fortnights. This extension date allows more time for employers to consider their circumstances and pay staff and still be eligible for those payments. 

As announced last week, employers have until 31 May 2020 to formally enrol to claim the JobKeeper payments for fortnights 1 and 2. 

However, the sooner an employer pays staff for those April fortnights and enrols, the sooner the ATO can reimburse them the JobKeeper payments.

Media Release

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar's media release

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ATO JobKeeper payment website

Visit the ATO website for information on the JobKeeper payments.

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JobKeeper - what you need to know

Visit the CA ANZ website to find out what you need to know about the new JobKeeper Payments scheme.

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