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COVID-19: Jobkeeper Employee Extension – Action Required

As you may be aware, the Government have recently announced changes to the eligibility for employees to enter the existing JobKeeper Program for fortnights commencing 3 August 2020. The date to assess if an employee is eligible has been extended to include individuals employed on 1 July 2020 (previously 1 March 2020). This change is effective for all businesses currently eligible for JobKeeper. This may result in additional employees being eligible for JobKeeper.

If you would like to claim for additional employees as a result of this change, you need to register any new employees through STP enabled software or the ATO Business Portal prior to 31 August 2020. Alternatively, your tax agent can complete this registration for you. We recommend you register any new employees no later than 30 August 2020.

It is important to note, that for the JobKeeper fortnights commencing 3 August 2020 & 17 August 2020, employers have been granted until 31 August 2020 to meet the wage condition for new eligible employees under the new test.

If you require any further details about the JobKeeper changes or need any assistance with registering new employees please contact Darren, Shaun or one of the Halpin Partners team.

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