The Government has announced a significant change due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the 'Employee' and 'Business Participant' eligibility test date has moved from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020.
Staff who were hired after 1 March 2020 may now be eligible for Jobkeeper for the fortnight beginning 3 August 2020.
The revised eligibility criteria for employees & business participants are as follows:
On 1 July 2020:
- The individual is employed by the entity.
- The individual was either a full-time, part-time or fixed-term permanent employee.
- The individual was a long-term casual employee (Employment began 1 July 2019 or earlier).
- The individual was aged 18 or over (or on 1 March 2020, the individual was aged 16 or 17 and was an independent and not undertaking full-time study).
- The individual does not receive paid parental leave, dad and partner pay or worker's compensation for total incapacity for work at any time.
Under the new scheme, an eligible employee who is ordinarily paid less than $1,500 per fortnight must be paid a 'top-up' to bring their taxable gross income to at least $1,500 for the fortnight ending 16 August 2020.
Employees need to agree to be nominated by completing the JobKeeper Employee Nomination Notice and return it to their employer. (The Australian Taxation Office webpage for eligible employees is yet to be updated, please disregard the date 1 March 2020)
If you are a director or a shareholder of a company, a partner in a partnership, or an adult beneficiary of a trust, consider whether you will nominate as an Eligible Business Participant and check you meet the eligibility requirements. (The Australian Taxation Office webpage for eligible business participant is yet to be updated, please disregard the date 1 March 2020)
Please contact us at any time to discuss these or any issues your business or household might be experiencing.
The Team at Gibson & Partners
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