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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.
    • Enrolments are open until the end of May if you need extra time.

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

    Step 2: Identify and maintain your eligible employees

    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.

    • Directly into your STP enabled payroll software if it is updated with JobKeeper functionality  
      • First, you will need to update each eligible employee in your payroll software and then lodge an STP pay event using your payroll software.
      • Then, log in to ATO Online services using myGov, or the Business Portal using myGovID to confirm your details, the fortnights you are claiming for and the number of employees you are claiming for based on your lodged STP pay report.
    • If your STP payroll software is not updated with JobKeeper functionality and you have 200 employees or less  
      • First, log in to ATO Online services using myGov, or the Business Portal using myGovID to confirm your details, the JobKeeper fortnights you are claiming for yourself.
      • We'll give you a list of all your employees that you reported to us through your STP pay reports at the start of March. You will then need to confirm each of your employees' eligibility and the fortnights you are claiming for them.
    • If your STP payroll software is not updated with JobKeeper functionality and you have more than 200 employees  
      • First, you will need to create a JobKeeper pay report.
      • Ask the ATO for a prefilled JobKeeper report which can update and send back to us to through the Business Portal Transfer file function.
      • Or use the JobKeeper Payment Guide sample payload files – Blank file (CSV, 285KB) and Example file (CSV, 710KB) – to produce your own JobKeeper report and provide it back to us by uploading it through the Business Portal Transfer file function.
    • If you don't have STP enabled payroll software, and you have 40 employees or less  
      • You'll need all your eligible employees tax file number (TFN) and date of birth handy before you log in.
      • Then, log in to ATO Online services using myGov, or the Business Portal using myGovID to confirm your details, the JobKeeper fortnights you are claiming for yourself.
      • From there, you will need to add your eligible employees by entering their tax file number (TFN) and date of birth and the JobKeeper fortnights you are claiming for them. You can add up to 40 employees.
    • If you don't have STP enabled payroll software, and you have more than 40 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

    You must provide information as to your current and projected turnover. This is not a retest of your eligibility, but rather an indication of how your business is progressing under the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

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

    To make your business declaration each month:

    • You will need to log into ATO online services through myGov, or the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • Provide us with your business' current and projected GST turnover.
    • Reconfirm your eligible employees and your own details.
    • You can also complete this step through your registered tax or BAS agent.

    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: 12 May 2020QC 62130