Archive for the "COVID-19" Category
Posted on May 27th, 2020 by WLF
The impact of the Coronavirus crisis on the Tasmanian economy will be felt for a long time to come. However, we can all contribute to the recovery starting from today by “Supporting local first”, according to the Tasmanian Small Business Council in an information paper which recommended three key areas for action, namely;
Community awareness, and promotion of the economic benefits of buying locally made or supplied goods and services
A policy focus on local acquisition adopted by State and Local Government
Encouragement for Local Entrepreneurs to actively pursue oppor…
Posted on May 22nd, 2020 by WLF
Under the requirements for JobKeeper, you must lodge a monthly declaration confirming employee eligibility and advise the ATO of your actual turnover for the current month and projected turnover for the next month. The deadline for this declaration has just been extended by the ATO from 7 days after month-end to 14 days after month-end. This applies for all declarations from May onwards – they will now be due on the 14th of the month following.You can find more information about the JobKeeper scheme and other COVID-19 related measures here.
Posted on May 14th, 2020 by WLF
If you have enrolled in the JobKeeper scheme for your employees, you may not be aware of an additional hoop you have to jump through in order to satisfy your reporting obligations. Employers are required to give written notice to employees within 7 days of submitting their monthly JobKeeper report to the ATO. This is the report that specifies your eligible JobKeeper employees and monthly turnover amounts. You must lodge this report with the ATO in order to obtain the JobKeeper reimbursement. After submitting your monthly JobKeeper report in relation to April (the first 2…
Posted on May 4th, 2020 by WLF
JobKeeper Update: 13 May 2020
We are aware of comments made by the Prime Minister regarding a ‘review’ of JobKeeper and media speculation that this might mean a wind back or early ending of the program. At this stage, that is all there is – a few comments and speculation. The rules as we currently understand them are still in place, and if you are eligible for JobKeeper, please keep making payments to your employees as required and making your monthly reports. For those not eligible yet, please keep testing your turnover as eligibility can begin at any stage during …
JobKeeper Payment wage subsidy – Update 16 April Application to charities and not-for-profit organisationsPosted on April 16th, 2020 by WLF
Over recent weeks we have been keeping you up to date with our commentary around the various stimulus and support measures for Tasmanian businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have previously posted articles about the new JobKeeper Payment wage subsidy. This post is a further update with important information that has just been released about this support package and its application for the charity and not-for-profit sector.
If you manage or work for a business in the commercial sector please refer to this article, also posted today, that applies to the broader…
Posted on April 16th, 2020 by WLF
Over recent weeks we have been keeping you up to date with our commentary around the various stimulus and support measures for Tasmanian businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have previously posted articles about the new JobKeeper Payment wage subsidy. Today’s post is a further update with important information that has just been released about this support package.
If you manage or work for a charity or not-for-profit entity, the JobKeeper Payment wage subsidy is still applicable but the criteria is slightly different. Please refer to this separate article,…
Posted on April 8th, 2020 by WLF
Following legislation passed this evening, the Federal Government will subsidise wages for employees over the next 6 months through the JobKeeper Payment. This has been introduced with the aim of enabling businesses to continue to operate during the crisis and start up again quickly once it is over. Importantly, to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payments you have to pay your employees a minimum of $1,500 per fortnight (before tax) before the end of the fortnight. The first fortnightly period begins on 30 March and ends 12 April.If you enter the scheme now and pay your …
Posted on April 7th, 2020 by WLF
In addition to a previously announced ban on evictions of commercial tenancies, the Government has announced a mandatory code that will require landlords to defer and waive rent payments.
Will only apply to tenancies where the tenant or the landlord is eligible for JobKeeper payments and have a turnover of $50m or less
Landlords of commercial tenancies will be required to reduce rent payments in line with the tenant’s reduced business income
The reduction will result in waivers and deferrals of rent
The waiver has to equal at least 50% of t…
Posted on March 30th, 2020 by WLF
The government will subsidise wages for employees over the next 6 months with the aim to enable businesses to continue to operate during the crisis and start up again quickly once it is over. Currently details are slim and there are lots of unanswered questions. More information will be available once the legislation is drafted this week and after Parliament sits. We suggest you contact any employees that you may have stood down to let them know you are considering your eligibility for this payment.
Job keeper payment:
Posted on March 27th, 2020 by WLF
The State Government has released further details about its second tranche of stimulus measures for Tasmania.
The $1 billion support package includes payroll tax relief, incentives to invest and rebates on electricity.
Small Business Grants
$2,500 emergency support grants available to small business with up to 20 employees
Businesses must have been operating from January 2019 or earlier and be operating in one of the following industries:
Tourism and accommodation
Arts and entertainment