On Friday 24 April, the ATO announced that the deadline for businesses to enrol in the JobKeeper program, has been extended to 31 May.
If your business intends to apply for JobKeeper, then you need to ensure that you complete the following by 31 May:
Businesses that enrol for JobKeeper by 31 May will be able to claim payments back to the start of April. However, in order to claim payments for this period, businesses must ensure that by Friday 8 May they have:
Further information is available on the ATO’s Frequently Asked JobKeeper Questions page.
If you’ve attempted to apply for JobKeeper and your business failed to pass the 30% reduction in turnover test, there are alternative tests that you can use to determine your business’ eligibility.
To see if you are able to utilise an alternative test, here is a summary of example situations to which those tests apply.
We strongly encourage you to speak with your accountant or bookkeeper, as you work through the JobKeeper process. You may also wish to contact NECA Legal for further guidance.
For further information relating to COVID-19 and managing your workplace environment, check out the latest version of our COVID-19 Employer Guide.