All employers wanting to claim JobKeeper payments from 28 September 2020 will need to reassess their eligibility again and prove that their turnover has declined based on actual figures.
Some businesses that did not qualify for the original JobKeeper payments may find that they now qualify for the new JobKeeper payments.
The JobKeeper scheme has been extended from 28 September 2020 until 28 March 2021.
There are two separate extension periods. For each extension period, an additional actual decline in turnover test applies and the rate of the JobKeeper payment is different.
The extension periods are:
- Extension 1: from 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021
- Extension 2: from 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021
All businesses wanting to receive JobKeeper will need to reassess their eligibility. You will need to demonstrate that your ACTUAL GST turnover (as reported on your Business Activity Statement) for the September 2020 quarter has decreased by the relevant amount when compared to the corresponding September 2019 quarter, and then similarly for the December 2020 quarter when compared with the December 2019 quarter.
The decline in turnover test remains the same as the existing rules, being:
- Entities with turnover greater than $1 billion – 50%.
- Entities with turnover less than $1 billion – 30%.
- ACNC registered charities (excluding schools and universities) – 15%.
The rate of the JobKeeper V2 payment in each extension will depend on the number of hours:
- an eligible employee works; or
- an eligible business participant is actively engaged in the business.
It will be split into 2 rates:
Tier 1 Rate
- eligible employees who worked 80 hours or more in the 4 weeks of pay periods before either 1 March 2020 or 1 July 2020, and
- eligible business participants who were actively engaged in the business for 80 hours or more in February 2020 and provide a declaration to that effect
Tier 2 Rate
- any other eligible employees and eligible business participants
Employers and businesses will need to nominate the rate they are claiming for each eligible employee or eligible business participant.
The existing employee eligibility requirements have not changed EXCEPT for the eligibility date of 1 July 2020 (previously 1 March 2020), and are as follows:
- currently employed and were employed by the employer at 1 July 2020;
- full time, part time, or long term casuals;
- at least 18 years of age or aged 16 to 17 years and independent or not undertaking full-time study;
- an Australian resident; and
- not in receipt of a JobKeeper payment from another employer.
Eligible Business Participants
Sole traders and some other entities (such as partnerships, trusts or companies) may be entitled to the JobKeeper Payment scheme under the business participation entitlement. A limit applies of one JobKeeper payment per fortnight for one eligible business participant. Sole traders, one partner in a partnership, one beneficiary of a trust, and one director or shareholder of a company may be regarded as an eligible business participant.
What Has Not Changed
To claim for fortnights in the JobKeeper extension 1 or 2:
- You don’t need to re-enrol for the JobKeeper extension if you are already enrolled for JobKeeper for fortnights before 28 September 2020.
- You don’t need to reassess employee eligibility or ask employees to agree to be nominated by you as their
eligible employer if you are already claiming for them before 28 September 2020.
- You don’t need to meet any further requirements if you are claiming for an eligible business participant, other than those that applied from the start of JobKeeper relating to:
- holding an ABN, and
- declaring assessable income and supplies.
Please let us know if we can assist you in any way by calling Carrick Aland Accountants in Dalby and Toowoomba on 07 4669 9800 (includes Chinchilla). We will continue to communicate with all our clients as updates are announced and have individual discussions around practical implementation.