The claims period for the JobKeeper payment has been extended by the federal government.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has extended the time available for businesses to pay their employees and still be eligible for the first JobKeeper payments.
Businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will now have until 8 May 2020 to ensure all eligible employees have received a minimum of $3,000 in gross wages for the first month of the JobKeeper support period.
Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar said the extension provides businesses with additional time to consider their circumstances and address cash flow pressures arising from financing delays.
“This means more businesses will be able to pay staff and still be eligible for JobKeeper payments, keeping more Australians connected to their workplace,” he said.
According to the government, approximately 900,000 businesses expressed interest in the JobKeeper program prior to enrolment, which opened last week.
Over 500,000 businesses have successfully enrolled in the scheme.
Businesses have until 31 May 2020 to formally enrol to claim JobKeeper payments.
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