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    The JobKeeper payment supports businesses significantly affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) by helping with the costs of their employees’ wages, so more Australians can retain their jobs and continue to earn an income.

    Key points:

    • You will not be paid the JobKeeper payment by the ATO. Payment comes from your employer who is reimbursed by the ATO.
    • Tax is withheld from payments at your marginal tax rate, so you may receive less than $1,500 in your bank account.
    • Talk to your employer if you are interested in the JobKeeper payment.
    • If you are receiving an income support payment, like JobSeeker, contact Services Australia and let them know that your employer has applied for the JobKeeper payment.
    • JobKeeper payments must be included as income in your tax return.
    End of key points

    Your employer will notify you if they intend to claim the JobKeeper fortnightly payment of $1,500 on your behalf.

    You can estimate how much tax will be withheld from your pay by using our tax withheld calculators.

    What you can do

    Here are five steps that you should take to help your employer claim the JobKeeper payment on your behalf:

    • Step 1 – Check you meet the eligibility requirements.
    • Step 2 – Talk to your employer and let them know if you want them to claim the JobKeeper payment for you.
    • Step 3 – If you have multiple jobs    
      • Choose which employer you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for you. You can only choose one employer. If you are a long-term casual but also have a permanent employer, you can only choose a permanent employer.
      • Let your chosen employer know that you want them to claim the JobKeeper payment for you.
      • Let the other employers know you have nominated a different employer for the JobKeeper payment.
      • If you run a business, but are also a permanent employee, you cannot nominate to be an eligible business participant of that business. We will provide more information soon about the eligibility of business participants for the JobKeeper payment. 
    • Step 4 – Complete the JobKeeper employee nomination notice provided by your chosen and agreed employer and return it to them as soon as possible. The form captures simple information to confirm who you are and that you choose to be nominated by them.
    • Step 5 – If you are receiving or in the process of applying for a Services Australia income support payment, like JobSeeker payment, contact Services AustraliaExternal Link and let them know that your employer has applied for the JobKeeper payment. If you do not report the income or cancel your JobSeeker payment, you may incur a debt that you will be required to pay back.

    Refer to Link for information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations, including:

    • hours of work
    • stand downs from work
    • flexible work arrangements
    • pay and leave entitlements.

    JobKeeper and your tax return

    If you’re an employee who has received JobKeeper payments, they will be included in your income statement as either salary and wages or as an allowance, depending on your circumstances.

    We will automatically include your income statement information in your tax return for you. For most people this will occur by the end of July.

    If you’re a sole trader who has received JobKeeper payments, you need to include the payments as business income in your individual tax return.

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    Last modified: 26 Jun 2020QC 62134