JobKeeper payments themselves are and remain exempt from payroll tax in the ACT, and the ACT government has recently announced it will extend its interest free payroll tax deferral for businesses in the construction industry to December 2020.

A complete payroll tax waiver will be in place for 3 months to December 2020 for businesses unable to trade, or able to trade on a very restricted basis only, due to any ACT Government restrictions.

Commercial property owners significantly affected by COVID-19 will be able to continue to defer their rates, interest free, for a further 6 months until 1 April 2021, and commercial landlords and owner operated businesses can continue to apply for rates rebates for an additional 3 months to December 2020 if tenants or landlords themselves are significantly affected by COVID-19.

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We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Reardon has joined Ian Hallett, Felicity Magnussen and Rob Gordon as a Partner at Halletts.

Jeremy has been with us already for 4 years and has a wealth of experience, as many of our fantastic clients already know.

Congratulations Jeremy!

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The federal government has proposed an extension to the JobKeeper arrangements for eligible employers for the benefit of employees and eligible business participants until March 2021 (labelled ‘JobKeeper 2.0’ by Scotty from marketing). But the bar is being raised for employers to qualify and the amounts to be paid are being reduced. At this stage there are no changes or additional requirements to qualify for JobKeeper 1.0 which will still run until late September 2020.

In short, there will be linkages to hours previously worked and businesses will need to prove their eligibility again in order to keep receiving it. It remains open to new recipients who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below.

All businesses and non-profits wishing to continue receiving JobKeeper past 28 September 2020 will need to reassess their eligibility in relation to their actual GST turnover in the June and September 2020 quarters relative to comparable periods, and will need to demonstrate a decline in turnover for BOTH quarters in order to be eligible for the first 3 month extension to 3 January 2021. Even more importantly, this first re-assessment needs to be completed by the end of September and based on actual GST supplies, so your accounting systems will need to be kept right up to date!

To continue receiving JobKeeper after 3 January and until 28 March 2021, businesses will then need to meet the eligibility criteria again for all three of the June, September and December 2020 quarters.

The qualifying pay periods still go back to the 4 weeks before 1 March 2020, but now those who worked 20 hours per week or more (on average) during that time will receive $1,200 per fortnight from 28 September 2020 – 3 January 2021, and all eligible ‘others’ will receive $750 per fortnight for the same 3 months.

From 4 January – 28 March 2021 those who worked 20 hours per week or more (on average) will receive $1,000 per fortnight, and eligible others will receive $650 per fortnight.

You may find this infographic a useful summary of the new situation.

As always, we stand ready and at a socially appropriate distance 😊 to assist you to assess and gain everything you are legitimately entitled to and to help you come out the other side – please contact your friendly Halletts team member!

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