COVID-19 Update

JobKeeper – Extension of time to enrol and other important updates

In the last week there has been a number of announcements and changes that have come through from both the Federal and State Government in relation to various stimulus packages.  These include clarifications to the JobKeeper payment, further useful ATO information and some South Australian Land Tax relief and grant updates.

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JobKeeper Payment

The Alternative Tests

Under the JobKeeper rules, special discretionary powers were given to the Commissioner of Taxation to determine alternative tests for classes of taxpayers where the basic test couldn’t be used because there was no appropriate relevant comparison period.

These alternative tests have now been determined.  The alternative tests are only relevant if the basic test cannot be met.

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Accounting Treatment

As a result of the stimulus measures announced over the last month or so, many businesses will start receiving payments from the Federal or State Government.  It is important that these payments are accounted for correctly.

Cash flow boost

The COVID-19 cash flow boost for businesses are tax free and not subject to GST. These should be recognised separately in your accounting software.

We suggest creating an ‘Other income’ account narrated ‘Cash-flow boost’. This account should be set up as ‘BAS Excluded’ or ‘Non-reportable’. This will ensure that they are not reported as income.

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COVID-19 South Australian Announcements

Emergency cash grants for small businesses in SA

Last week the State Government announced $10,000 emergency cash grants for small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

The cash grant is a one-off grant for small businesses and not-for-profits to help them with ongoing or outstanding businesses costs.

 

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COVID-19 Update

JobKeeper Payment

 

The JobKeeper Payment was announced by the Federal Government on Monday 30 March 2020.  Since then there was much speculation as to how this payment was going to work, who would eligible, and when would the payments start.

The JobKeeper Payment is a payment available to eligible businesses to enable, or assist them, to retain employees where they have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  For eligible businesses with eligible employees, they will receive $1,500 per employee per fortnight as a wage subsidy or to reimburse payments made to employees.

The rules which underpin this payment were finalised and released on Thursday 9 April.

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