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  • Enrol for the JobKeeper payment

    To enrol for the JobKeeper payment, employers should follow the steps below.

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    We have created JobKeeper guides which provide a practical 'step by step' summary to help you take the best action according to your circumstances, your number of employees and whether you use Single Touch Payroll (STP) or other reporting arrangements.

    How to prepare

    • Check your business or not-for-profit organisation meets the eligibility requirements, including the turnover test. The turnover calculation is based on GST turnover. This applies even if an entity is not registered for GST.
    • If you are a director or a shareholder of a company, a partner in a partnership, or an adult beneficiary of a trust, consider whether you will nominate as an eligible business participant and check you meet the eligibility requirements.
    • Download the JobKeeper eligible business participant nomination notice (excluding sole trader) form and ensure one eligible business participant has completed the nomination notice and returned it to you. You do not need to send this form to us but you must keep it for your records.
    • If you have employees, check they meet the employee eligibility requirements.
    • Re-hire or re-engage employees you let go or stood down and pay them if you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for them.
    • Continue to pay at least $1,500 to every eligible employee per JobKeeper fortnight (the first JobKeeper fortnight was the period from 30 March to 12 April).
    • Send a JobKeeper employee nomination notice to all your eligible employees to complete and return to you before you claim JobKeeper payments for those employees. You can either        
    • Each eligible employee must agree to be nominated by you. They do this by completing the JobKeeper employee nomination notice and returning it to you for your records before you claim the payment for that employee. Keep the employee nomination notice on file.
    • If you use the Business Portal, you will need a myGovID linked to your ABN in relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM). You can find out how to set this up at ato.gov.au/mygovid
    • Your registered tax or BAS agent can enrol, identify and declare for JobKeeper on your behalf using Online service for agents.
    • If you find it difficult to interact with us online and don't use a registered tax or BAS agent, you can call us for assistance.

    Step 1: Enrol for the JobKeeper payment

    You only need to complete this step once. Your registered tax or BAS agent can also enrol for you.

    • Log into to the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • To enrol, you will need to confirm:       
      • business has experienced a fall in turnover
      • expected number of eligible employees (if you have them)
      • an eligible business participant, if you are enrolling one
      • bank and contact details for receiving JobKeeper payments
       
    • Notify all your eligible employees that you have nominated them.
    • You will need to enrol before you can move to Step 2, and identify any employees you are claiming for.

    Detailed information on how to enrol available in our JobKeeper guides for employers.

    Step 2: Identify and maintain your eligible employees

    Media: Step 2 – Identify and maintain your eligible employees
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bi9or7on4973rbExternal Link (Duration: 1:17)

    You or your registered tax or BAS agent need to identify each person that you will claim the JobKeeper Payment for. You only need to identify your eligible employees and eligible business participant once.

    If you have an eligible business participant, remember not to include them as an employee. You can add them in the Business Portal.

    How you identify your eligible employees depends on your payroll software and number of employees.

    Detailed information on how to identify and maintain your employees is available in our JobKeeper guides for employers.

    Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration

    Media: Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bi9or7on5q6358External Link (Duration: 1:25)

    Once you’ve enrolled for the JobKeeper payment and identified your eligible employees, you need to make a business monthly declaration to the ATO every month.

    You must do this between the 1st to the 14th day of each month, to receive reimbursements for the JobKeeper payments you made to your eligible employees in the previous month.

    For example, the business monthly declaration for the JobKeeper payments you paid your employees in May needs to be completed by 14 June.

    Your tax or BAS agent can also make the business monthly declaration for you.

    We will ask you to reconfirm your business participant details and your eligible employees. You will also need to provide us with information about your GST turnover for the reported month and projected GST turnover for the following month.

    If your eligible employees change or leave your employment, you will need to notify us through your monthly declaration.

    To make your business declaration each month:

    • Log into the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • Reconfirm your eligible employees and business participant if you have them.
    • Provide your business' GST turnover for the month you are declaring and following month's projected month GST turnover

    What you need to do for your employees

    From 1 May 2020 with the introduction of Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Amendment Rules (NO 2) 2020 there is an obligation that within seven days of enrolling to receive JobKeeper payments, you must provide an Employee nomination notice to each of your employees. If you had already enrolled on or before 1 May 2020, you need to satisfy this requirement by 8 May 2020. Find out about this at Employers.

    If your employees have multiple employers, they can usually choose which employer they want to nominate through. However, if your employees are long-term casuals and have other permanent employment, they cannot nominate you. They cannot be nominated for the JobKeeper payment by more than one employer.

    If an employee is receiving – or in the process of applying for – a Services Australia income support payment like JobSeeker payment, they should contact Services AustraliaExternal Link and let them know that their employer has applied for the payment.

    The ATO and Services Australia are working together to identify instances of incorrect eligibility for JobKeeper versus JobSeeker. If your employee does not report the income or cancels their JobSeeker payment, they may incur a debt that they will be required to pay back.

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    Last modified: 29 May 2020QC 62130