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  • Step 3: Make a business monthly declaration

    Each month you must complete a business monthly declaration to keep claiming JobKeeper payments. You must do this in the first 14 days after the month you are claiming for. Your tax or BAS agent can also make the business monthly declaration for you.

    We will ask you to re-confirm the 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.

    The information you provide us on your turnover is not a re-test of your eligibility. We ask for this information to see how your business is progressing under the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

    If any of your eligible employees change or leave employment, you will need to update this employee information through your monthly declaration.

    If you want to stop receiving JobKeeper payments, you will:

    • need to change the status for all employees and the business participant to ‘not claiming yet’
    • do this by following the same process set out below for updating details for employees and the business participant
    • notify all employees and the business participant that you are no longer receiving JobKeeper payments.

    Note: this change to your employees and/or business participant status to ‘not claiming yet’ has no impact on eligibility for prior fortnights or any JobKeeper payments you have previously received.

    The rule changes relating to JobKeeper payments for child care providers have been confirmed. Refer to Approved providers of child care services – changes to eligibility.

    Before you make your declaration

    • Make sure you have worked out your GST turnover for the reported month and projected GST turnover for the following month.
    • Make sure you have paid each eligible employee at least $1,500 (before tax) for each JobKeeper fortnight you are claiming for.
    • If you need to make changes to your eligible employees, use the same method you used in Step 2 – Identify your eligible employees:
      • Make the changes in your STP pay event report and lodge and allow three days for the changes to process.
      • Lodge an updated JobKeeper report using the Business Portal File transfer function and allow three days for the report to process.
      • Have any updates to your eligible employees' information ready to enter into the Business Portal.
       

    Make your declaration by the 14th of each month

    • Log in to the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • View the COVD-19 screen and select Step 3 – Business monthly declaration for JobKeeper payment.
    • Re-confirm your reported eligible employees and business participant (if you have them).
    • If you need to update details for eligible employees or the eligible business participant, select Maintain employees.
    • Provide your business' GST turnover for the month you are declaring and following month's projected month GST turnover.
    • Re-confirm your financial institution details for receiving JobKeeper payments.

    Tip:

    • Use the Print friendly function to capture your successful JobKeeper monthly declaration in PDF format. We recommend you save this information, including your JobKeeper receipt number, for your records.

    How to update details for eligible employees and business participant

    If your eligible employees change or leave your employment, you need to update this information in your business declaration each month.

    Depending on how you completed Step 2 – Identify your eligible employees, you will need to make these changes either:

    • directly into the Business Portal using myGovID
    • in your STP payroll software or in an updated JobKeeper report before you make your business monthly declaration.

    Log in to the Business Portal

    In your business monthly declaration form:

    • Select Maintain employee.
    • Change the JobKeeper status for the eligible business participant if they become ineligible.
    • You can add an eligible business participant to claim JobKeeper payments for them if one was not identified in Step 2 – Identify your eligible employees.
    • Change the JobKeeper status for employees if
      • they have left your employment
      • you have not paid them for all JobKeeper fortnights
      • they become ineligible
      • they became eligible in the relevant fortnights.
       
    • Select Save and continue to return to and finalise your business monthly declaration.

    In your STP payroll software or JobKeeper report

    • Update your employees' eligibility in your STP-enabled payroll software or JobKeeper report by using the JobKeeper codes to show their changed eligibility.
    • Submit your STP pay event through your payroll software or submit your JobKeeper report through the Business Portal File transfer function.
    • Leave up to three days for your changes to be processed by us before making your monthly business declaration in the Business Portal.

    Approved providers of child care services – changes to eligibility

    The rule changes relating to JobKeeper payments for approved child care providers have been confirmed. Eligibility for JobKeeper payments will stop from 20 July for both employees and business participant.

    Approved providers of child care servicesExternal Link cannot claim JobKeeper payments for themselves or their employees whose ordinary duties relate principally to the operation of the child care service.

    Family Day Care educators (that are not approved providers of a child care service) may still meet eligibility requirements for JobKeeper.

    Approved providers of child care services that also run other businesses (mixed business) will remain eligible for JobKeeper for employees of the other businesses whose ordinary duties do not relate principally to the operation of approved child care services.

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    Follow these steps to stop receiving JobKeeper payments:

    Complete your monthly business declaration in August

    • Between 1–14 August, log into the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • View the COVID-19 screen and select Step 3 – Business monthly declaration for JobKeeper payment.
    • Complete and submit your declaration for JobKeeper fortnights 7 and 8 as normal.

    Mixed businesses need to notify us of ineligible employees

    If you are a mixed business, you may still have eligible employees after JobKeeper fortnight 8. You need to assess which of your employees are no longer eligible for JobKeeper before you complete the next steps.

    Next steps depend on your payroll software and your number of employees:

    Your STP-enabled payroll software has JobKeeper functionality or you have 240 or more employees
    • After you have submitted your declaration in August, notify us of all ineligible employees as at the end of JobKeeper fortnight 8 (19 July) by either
      • lodging an updated STP pay event report
      • sending an updated JobKeeper report using the Business Portal File transfer function.
       
    • If you did not claim for a business participant in August, you have completed all actions needed to stop receiving JobKeeper payments.
    • If you claimed for a business participant in August, you will also need to complete a declaration in September. When completing your declaration between 1–14 September 2020, remember to
      • select the Maintain employees button in the Wage subsidy summary section
      • change the JobKeeper status for the business participant to ‘Not claiming yet’.
       
    Your STP-enabled payroll software doesn't have JobKeeper functionality and you have less than 240 employees
    • Between 1–14 September, log into the Business Portal using myGovID.
    • View the COVID-19 screen and select Step 3 – Business monthly declaration for JobKeeper payment.
    • Select Maintain employees to change the JobKeeper status for all ineligible employees and the business participant to ‘Not claiming yet’.
    • Complete and submit your declaration.
      Last modified: 04 Aug 2020QC 62205