JobKeeper Payment Guide

9 Step Guide – For Employers

Step 1: Register your interest via the ATO – register your interest page.

Step 2: Be aware of your responsibilities and the integrity measures. Action will be taken against fraud and manipulation include possible criminal charges and imprisonment. It is essential for you to read & understand this integrity document prior to applying for the JobKeeper Payments.

Step 3: Work out if you are an eligible employer

Tip: This includes calculating your actual or projected decline in turnover for the month of March, the month of April or the quarter starting 1 April. Note turnover is based on GST turnover however this is not simply the sales reported on the BAS.

Step 4: Determine if your employees meet the eligibility requirements.

Step 5: Pay at least $1,500 (before tax) to each eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight or a combined payment of at least $3,000 before the end of April, failure to make this payment will mean you will be ineligible for JobKeeper.

Tip: If your staff typically earn less than $1500 a f/n you could face a large increase in your payroll expenses that you must cover from your own resources before being reimbursed from the ATO. You must also ensure that superannuation, and other employer obligations are meet.

Step 6: Notify your eligible employees that you intend to claim the JobKeeper Payment on their behalf and confirm they are not claiming the JobKeeper payment through another employer or nominated business.

Step 7: Have your employees complete the JobKeeper Employee Nomination Notice and return to you by the end of April (if you plan to claim the JobKeeper payment for April).

Tip: You must keep this signed notice on file for at least 5 years.

Step 8: From the 20th April 2020, you can enrol for the JobKeeper Payments using the Business Portal and authenticate with your MyGovID. In the online form, provide your bank details and indicate if you are claiming an entitlement based on business participation, for example if you are a sole trader.

Tip: You must enrol the end of April to claim JobKeeper payment for April.

Step 9: From 4th May 2020, claim your JobKeeper payment by confirming the eligible employees paid for the first JobKeeper fortnights through prefilled STP data or manual entry.

Further step must be taken to continue to receive the JobKeeper Payments – details found on the ATO website

5 Step Guide – For Self Employed

Step 1: Register your interest via the ATO – register your interest page.

Step 2: Be aware of your responsibilities and the integrity measures. Action be taken against fraud and manipulation include criminal charges and imprisonment. It is essential for you to read & understand this integrity document prior to applying for the JobKeeper Payments.

Step 3: Work out if you are an eligible business participant and if your business is an eligible business entity.

Step 4: From the 20th April 2020, your entity can enrol for the business participation entitlement using an online form, which will be available on the ATO website.

Step 5: From 4th May 2020, claim your JobKeeper payment by confirming the eligible employees paid for the first JobKeeper fortnights through prefilled STP data or manual entry.

Further step must be taken to continue to receive the JobKeeper Payments – details found on the ATO website

Need our Help?

If you would like our assistance assessing the criteria, eligibility or applying for the JobKeeper Payments package and/or other Government stimulus packages, please contact our office to discuss our fees for this service.