COVID-19: JobKeeper Payment - Monthly Declaration Now Available

As explained in our previous updates, the JobKeeper enrolment is a three step process:

  1. Enrol your business for the JobKeeper Payment
  2. Identify your eligible employees & business participant
  3. Make a monthly business declaration

For those organisations, who have already enrolled for the JobKeeper Payment (Step 1), it is now time to lodge your first monthly report.  Businesses will not receive any payments until this reporting has been lodged with the ATO.

To complete steps 2 & 3, you are required to lodge an electronic declaration through the ATO Business Portal.  

Identify Your Eligible Employees & Business Participant

If you are using STP enabled software, you are required to identify your eligible employees and lodge through the STP channel. For other employers, there are online forms to be completed and lodged to provide the necessary information to the ATO.  

The following link will guide you to determine the appropriate way for your business to report your eligible employees to the ATO.

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Employers/Enrol-for-the-JobKeeper-payment/#ApplyfortheJobKeeperpaymentearlyMay2020

Make a Monthly Business Declaration

After reporting your employee data, the final step of the declaration is to provide information regarding your current and projected turnover.  It is important to note, the ATO have advised that this is not a retest of your eligibility.

This declaration is required to be lodged every month, regardless of your BAS reporting cycle (quarterly/monthly).

Further information on the Monthly Declaration is available at:

https://www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Employers/Enrol-for-the-JobKeeper-payment/#Step3Makeabusinessmonthlydeclaration

For more information or assistance with JobKeeper

Our team will be in touch with those clients who we have assisted with enrolling for the JobKeeper Payment.

If you have any queries or would like additional information in relation to the JobKeeper Payment or any of the other COVID-19 Stimulus Packages, please do not hesitate to contact our team.