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  • JobKeeper guide – employers reporting through STP

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    Find out how to enrol and get JobKeeper payments:

    Key dates

    • From 20 April: complete Step 1: Enrol for the JobKeeper payment.
    • From 4 May: complete Step 2: Identify your eligible employees and eligible business participant.
    • By 8 May: you must have paid your eligible employees at least $1,500 (before tax) for each JobKeeper fortnight to claim JobKeeper payments for April.
    • By 31 May: you must have completed Steps 1 and 2 if you want to claim for JobKeeper fortnights in April and May.
    • After May: If you are enrolling and identifying your employees and business participant for the first time after May, you must complete Steps 1 and 2 in the month you wish to claim for.
    • By 14 June: complete Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration for May.
    • By the 14th of each month: complete Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration to claim JobKeeper payments for the previous month.
    • You should also make any updates to your employees' eligibility using the Maintain function as part of your business monthly declaration.

    Before you enrol

    Check your business is eligible

    • 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.
    • You can use the basic test to determine your fall in turnover. If you don’t meet the basic turnover test, alternative tests are available for some cases when turnover periods are not appropriately comparable.

    Eligible employees

    • Check your employees meet the eligibility requirements and for which JobKeeper fortnights. You must pay your eligible employees at least $1,500 (before tax) per JobKeeper fortnight period to claim the JobKeeper payment for that period.
    • If you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for employees you let go or stood down, you need to re-hire or re-engage them and pay them.
    • Notify all your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper payment on their behalf. Check with them that they aren’t claiming the JobKeeper payment through another employer or business.
    • Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to all your eligible employees. They need to complete and return it to you before you claim JobKeeper payments for them. You can:  
    • Make sure you keep the completed notices on file.

    Eligible business participant

    Set up your systems

    Get advice if you need it

    • Get advice from your registered tax or BAS agent if you need help. They 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 phone us for assistance.

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      Last modified: 03 Jun 2020QC 62205