Claim the JobKeeper payment worth up to $19,500 per employee.

Under the JobKeeper program, businesses and not-for-profits affected by COVID-19 will receive fortnightly payments to help cover the costs of wages of their employees. The JobKeeper program starts on 30 March 2020 and ends 27 September 2020.

self-employed individual working in each of the following business entities can be nominated for the JobKeeper payment.

Sole Trader





> Employers (including not for profits) whose turnover has declined relative to a comparable period in the prior year by at least:

– 15% – if an ACNC-registered
charity, otherwise

– 30% – if their aggregated
turnover is less than $1

– 50% – if their aggregated
turnover is $1 billion or more

> Where the business has been impacted by COVID-19, but is not able to satisfy the relevant test above (eg start-ups or businesses not in operation a year ago), the business may be entitled to access an alternative decline in turnover test. The Commissioner of Taxation has been empowered to issue guidelines for these alternative tests, but has not yet issued any

> Self-employed individuals, including sole traders, company directors, partners in partnerships and beneficiaries of trusts

All levels of Australian government (Federal, State and Territory, local councils) and foreign governments as well as each of their agencies

> Wholly-owned corporations of any of the above and their agencies

> A business subject to the Major Bank Levy

> A company that is in liquidation

> A partnership, trust or sole trader in bankruptcy

How will I get paid by the ATO?

  • The ATO will process JobKeeper payments within 14 days of the end of the month in which the JobKeeper fortnight falls
  • It is very important to have a bank account nominated into which the payment will be received
  • The ATO will pay the JobKeeper payment using the bank account details they have either on the Portal, or that were reported in the last lodged tax return (if your refunds are directed to a Tax Agents’ Trust account you may wish to update this as a matter of urgency)
  • The ATO may apply the JobKeeper payment to the business running balance account while they determine eligibility
  • In general, the ATO will not apply JobKeeper payments against pre-existing tax liabilities, however the Commissioner does have the power to do so
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