IS MY BUSINESS ELIGIBLE?
On 1 March 2020:
Carried on a business in Australia, or
A non‑profit body pursuing its objectives principally in Australia
And, the business:
Has not started liquidation or bankruptcy procedures
Was not a government body of any kind (including wholly owned entities)
Was not subject to the Major Bank levy (or part of a group where one of the members is subject to it)
If you are a sole trader, see Special Conditions for Business Owners.
DOES THE BUSINESS MEET THE BASIC DECLINE IN TURNOVER TEST?
Compare your GST Turnover for:
The projected turnover for April 2020, or
The projected turnover for the April – June 2020 quarter
with your actual GST turnover for the same period in 2019 (reported on your activity statement).
GST turnover includes taxable and GST-free sales, but not input taxed supplies like interest, dividends and residential rental income.
If you are not registered for GST you can still potentially qualify and will need to calculate the decline in turnover in much the same way as a GST registered business.
To qualify for JobKeeper, your decline in turnover needs to be:
>15% ACNC-registered charity (excluding universities, schools including preschools)
>50% Large businesses with aggregated turnover of $1bn or more (or smaller businesses that are part of a group with turnover of $1bn or more)
>30% For all other entities
ARE MY EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE
An employee is eligible if on 1 March 2020, they were:
Aged 16 years and over; and
A full time, part time or a long-term casual*; and
An Australian resident, or a resident for tax purposes and held a Subclass 444 (Special category) visa; and
Not receiving paid Government parental leave or dad and partner pay, or full-time workers compensation.
If you are a sole trader, director or shareholder, partner in a partnership, or beneficiary of a trust, see Special Conditions for Business Owners.
If you have eligible employees you intend to claim JobKeeper payments for, they need to sign the JobKeeper Employee Nomination form and give it back to you by 30 April 2020.
An individual can only have one JobKeeper employer. The form ensures they are your JobKeeper and not someone else’s. [YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FORM ABOVE]
If the first eligibility tests are met, register for JobKeeper with the ATO. Your accountant can do this for you or use the ATO’s business portal (you will need a myGovID linked to your ABN).
For April JobKeeper payments, you need to have paid your employees at least $1,500 per person (before tax or salary sacrifice) for the fortnights 30 March 2020 - 12 April 2020, and 13 April 2020 - 26 April 2020, by 30 April 2020.
Ensure each eligible employee is updated in your single touch payroll system by 30 April 2020. Talk to your accountant about how PAYG withholding and superannuation guarantee applies to employee payments.
From 4 May 2020, identify your eligible employees (either through single touch payroll or through the business portal) and complete the declaration.
You will also need to provide your current and projected GST turnover (April 2020 and May 2020 for the first month).