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  • COVID-19 economic response support – 2019-20 to 2020-21 data-matching program

    In March 2020 the Australian government announced a range of temporary measures to help the economy withstand and recover from the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The economic response includes supporting:

    • individuals
    • households
    • businesses
    • continuing the flow of credit.

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is responsible for the administration of a number of these measures providing tailored support during COVID-19. This data matching program supports our delivery of:

    • JobKeeper payments to employees, sole traders or other individuals
    • temporary early access to superannuation
    • temporary cash flow boosts for employers.

    The JobKeeper payment is to help businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 to cover the costs of their employee's wages, so those employees can retain their jobs and continue to earn income.

    Temporary early access to superannuation will allow individuals affected by COVID-19 to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019–20 and a further $10,000 in 2020–21.

    The cash flow boost provides tax-free cash flow support of between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible businesses, delivered through credits in the activity statement system, when eligible businesses lodge their activity statements.

    We are committed to maintaining the integrity of the tax and superannuation system. This data-matching program will enable to us to obtain data from Services Australia and state and territory correctional facility regulators to help us confirm eligibility for the measures. The data will also support post-issue compliance work, enabling us to follow-up any potentially false or misleading declarations.

    Our data-matching programs follow the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) Guidelines on data matching in Australian government administration (2014). The guidelines assist Australian government agencies to use data-matching as an administrative tool in a way that complies with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) and are consistent with good privacy practice.

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      Last modified: 22 Jun 2020QC 63005