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JobKeeper Payment details still not available

We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the JobKeeper Payment Scheme.

Bills passed but no detail yet

Yesterday, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 was introduced and passed both Houses of Parliament. Unfortunately, it did not contain the finer detail of how the JobKeeper Payment Scheme (‘the Scheme’) will operate. What it did was set up a framework including giving the Treasurer the power to make Rules, by way of Legislative Instrument, as to how the Scheme will work. These Rules are not currently available.

ATO’s role in the JobKeeper Payment Scheme

Further, as previously announced by Treasury, the Commissioner of Taxation will be given certain discretions relating to the operation of the Scheme, including the ability to provide alternative turnover tests that can be satisfied if the tests already announced by Treasury cannot be met (e.g., that businesses with a turnover below $1 billion must have had or will have at least a 30% reduction in their turnover due to the effect of COVID-19). It is anticipated that the ATO will make this information available once Treasury has released the Rules. We believe this information is imminent and as soon as it is available, we will be working quickly to provide you with all the information you need to assist your clients.

Are we expecting any major changes?

We believe the information we previously provided you with and which is contained in the factsheets on Treasury’s website will be, on the whole, representative of how the Scheme ends up operating.