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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 and maintain 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 complete 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 these steps 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

    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.

    Re-hire or re-engage employees you let go or stood down, as well as pay them, if you want to claim the JobKeeper payment for them.

    Nomination process

    Eligible employees

    Notify all your eligible employees that you are intending to claim the JobKeeper payment on their behalf and check they aren’t claiming the JobKeeper payment through another employer or have nominated through another business.

    Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to all your eligible employees to complete and return to you before you claim JobKeeper payments for each employee. You can:

    Make sure you keep the completed notices on file.

    Eligible business participant

    Consider whether you will nominate an eligible business participant. This may be a director or a shareholder of a company, a partner in a partnership or an adult beneficiary of a trust.

    Download the JobKeeper eligible business participant nomination notice (excluding sole trader) form and ensure the 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.

    Set up systems to enrol

    To 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 Accessing online services with myGovID and RAM.

    If you are having trouble linking your myGovID, see:

    Get advice if you need it

    Get advice from your registered tax or BAS agent if you need it. 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.

    Step 1: Enrol for the JobKeeper payment

    You only need to enrol once. To enrol:

    • log in to the Business PortalExternal Link using myGovID
    • view the COVID-19 screen and select Step 1 Enrol business for JobKeeper wage subsidies
    • fill in the JobKeeper enrolment form by confirming the required fields.

    Important: You cannot save the form while you are working on it and you cannot edit it once it is submitted. Read the instructions carefully to make sure you have all the information you need.

    Use the Print friendly function to capture your successful JobKeeper enrolment details in PDF format. You may want to save this information, including your JobKeeper receipt number, for your records.

    Required fields

    The required fields are:

    Month

    The month from which your business experienced the fall in turnover or expects to experience a fall in turnover.

    Month screenshot.

    A fall in turnover

    Has your business experienced, or is likely to experience, a fall in turnover of at least:

    • 30% if your turnover is $1 billion or less
    • 50% if your turnover is more than $1 billion
    • 15% if you are an ACNC-registered charity other than a school or university.

    30% fall in turnover screenshot.

    50% fall in turnover screenshot.

    15% fall in tunover screenshot.

    Expected number of eligible employees

    Enrolling for April 2020

    If you are enrolling for April 2020, enter the number of your expected eligible employees for each JobKeeper fortnight in April.

    If an employee is paid for the full month and is an eligible employee for each fortnight, count them twice – once in each field.

    If your business is a partnership, trust or company, your number of eligible employees must not include the eligible business participant.

    If your business doesn't have any employees, leave these fields as '0'.

    Notify all your eligible employees you have nominated them. You must do this by the end of April to claim JobKeeper payments for April.

    Number of eligible employees screenshot.

    Enrolling for May 2020

    If you selected May onwards for the month you are likely to experience a fall in turnover, this question will not appear.

    Eligible business participant

    This asks if you intend to register an eligible business participant for a partnership, trust or company.

    This question will not appear for ACNC-registered charities as they are not entitled to claim an eligible business participant.

    Eligible business participant screenshot.

    Contact and financial institution details

    Enter the employing entity’s financial institution and contact details for receiving JobKeeper payments.

    Financial institution details screenshot.

    Tips:

    • Check your summary section is correct before you submit.
    • Use the Print friendly function to capture your successful JobKeeper enrolment details in PDF format. You may want to save this information, including your JobKeeper receipt number, for your records.

    Next step:

      Last modified: 22 May 2020QC 62205