With the JobKeeper program open for applications, here’s a quick guide to getting your business enrolled ASAP.
The process will vary slightly between sole traders, SMEs and larger operators, as well as for those who use STP payment systems or an accountant.
Remember, you must have been paying your employees the minimum $1500 fortnightly payments for the periods of 30 March-12 April & 13 April-26 April to qualify for this month’s subsidy.
EDIT: The deadline for March/pPril payments applications has been extended until May 8th.
- Sign up for MyGovID. This App is a authentication tool for online Government services. You’ll need an email and a few forms of ID – Passport, Drivers Licence, Medicare Card, etc.
- Link your Business. The Relationship Authorisation Manager finds your ABN in the ATO Business Portal, and links your MyGovID to your ABN as a Principal Authority (or your accountant as a representative). You’ll need to enter your email and then open the App to enter a code.
- Completed Employee Forms. If you haven’t already, you’ll need your employees to fill these out. You do not need to submit, simply keep on file for tax purposes. Sole Traders and partnerships can skip this step.
- Submit Your Claim. Login to the MyGov Business Portal, and head to the COVID-19 Support section.
Good luck, and if in doubt, you can contact the ATO directly or seek financial advice.