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.
You only need to complete this step once. Your registered tax or BAS agent can also enrol for you.
Detailed information on how to enrol available in our JobKeeper guides for employers.
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.
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:
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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