JobKeeper payment – Enrolment and application

The ATO are continually releasing information about the administration of the JobKeeper Payment.

The information can be found on the ATO website:

You can read our earlier posts in relation to the JobKeeper Payment here:

JobKeeper Payment – Employers

JobKeeper Payment – Business Participation/Owner operators

Enrolment steps

Below are the steps you need to take if you wish to enrol in the JobKeeper Payment scheme:
1. Register your interest and subscribe for JobKeeper Payment updates.
2. Check that your entity meets the employer eligibility criteria.
3. Check that your employees meet the employee eligibility criteria.
4. Continue to pay at least $1,500 to each eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight (the first JobKeeper fortnight is the period from 30 March to 12 April).
5. Notify your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper Payment on their behalf and check they aren’t claiming the JobKeeper payment through another employer or have nominated through another business.
6. Send the JobKeeper employee nomination form to your nominated employees to complete and return to you by the end of April if you plan to claim the JobKeeper payment for April.  Keep it on file and provide a copy to your registered tax agent.
7. From 20 April 2020, you can enrol with the ATO for the JobKeeper Payment using the Business Portal or via your registered tax agent.  You must do this by 26 April 2020 if you intend to claim JobKeeper Payments for April.
8. 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 self employed).
9. Specify the estimated number of employees who will be eligible for the first Jobkeeper fortnight (30 March – 12 April) and the second JobKeeper fortnight (13 April – 26 April).

Payment application steps

Once you have enrolled for the JobKeeper Payment (per the above steps), there will be ongoing requirements to apply for the actual payment:

1. Apply to claim the JobKeeper payment by logging into the ATO Portal (available from 4 May 2020 onwards).

2. Ensure you have paid each eligible employee a minimum of $1,500 per JobKeeper fortnight before tax.

3. Identify your eligible employees in the application form.

4. Submit confirmation of your eligible employees online and wait for your confirmation email or SMS showing it has been received.

5. Notify your eligible employees that you have nominated them.

6. Receive payment from the ATO.

7. Each month, reconfirm that your eligible employees have not changed.  You do not need to retest your reported fall in turnover but you will need to provide some information as to your current and projected turnover.  This will be done in your monthly JobKeeper Declaration report.

8. If your eligible employees change or leave your employment, you will need ot notify us through your monthly JobKeeper Declaration report.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is general in nature and is not a substitute for professional advice. Accordingly, neither TJN Accountants nor any member or employee of TJN Accountants accepts any responsibility for any loss, however caused, as a result of reliance on this general information. We recommend that our formal advice be sought before acting in any of the areas. The article is issued as a helpful guide to clients and for their private information. Therefore it should be regarded as confidential and not be made available to any person without our consent.

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