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Re: Alternative Tests for Business Participants Hours, JobKeeper 2.0

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Does anyone know what the alternative test for business participant 'hours' are for the new JobKeeper 2.0, please?

As a sole trader working in the tourism sector in Queensland, we were already suffering from a significant drop in working hours due to the bushfires (and the overseas media coverage of the bushfires impacting tourism to Australia) since long before Feb 2020.

Does anyone know if this has been addressed yet? If I can compare to the same month in 2019 that would be fine. Or even a relevant period before the bushfires began?

It says on the new, extended JobKeeper payment factsheet:

"The Commissioner of Taxation will have the discretion to set out alternative tests where an
employee’s or business participant’s hours were not usual during the February 2020 reference
period. "

 

Does anyone know if such alternative tests exist yet, please?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi @Lou1,

 

2020 certainly has been a difficult year for many people, particularly as you say – for people in the tourism industry who were already struggling well before COVID 19 became a factor.

 

As the JobKeeper changes have only just been announced there are a lot of final details yet to be fully worked out. This means that currently we have no guidance on what those ‘alternative tests’ will be, and how people will be able to apply them. As soon as new information becomes available updates will be made to both the ATO’s JobKeeper Payment and the Treasury’s JobKeeper extension pages, so it would be worth checking back regularly to see when that happens.

 

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Hi @Lou1,

 

2020 certainly has been a difficult year for many people, particularly as you say – for people in the tourism industry who were already struggling well before COVID 19 became a factor.

 

As the JobKeeper changes have only just been announced there are a lot of final details yet to be fully worked out. This means that currently we have no guidance on what those ‘alternative tests’ will be, and how people will be able to apply them. As soon as new information becomes available updates will be made to both the ATO’s JobKeeper Payment and the Treasury’s JobKeeper extension pages, so it would be worth checking back regularly to see when that happens.

 

Albar

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Hi @AlBar 

 

Do you know if the Commissioner of Taxation has made a decision on the application of Alternative Tests for the JobKeeper extension yet?

 

Cheers,

 

MLR.

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Hi @MLR

 

Thanks for getting back to us and for your patience.

 

We have some new information about the extension of the JobKeeper Payment that you can check out on our website. Keep in mind that the changes that are due to start from 28 September 2020 are still only proposals but will take effect from that date once legislated.

 

As you know, the Commissioner will have discretion to set out alternative tests where a business participant’s hours were not usual, e.g. due to leave. We expect to have more information about that once the JobKeeper extension has been legislated so keep an eye on our website for updates.

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Hi @ChrisATO,

 

Wondering if this aspect has been addressed now legislation is through. The end of September isn't all that far away.

 

Thanks,

John

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Hi @JohnTaxTax

 

Our webpage on the Actual decline in turnover test has now been updated as at 24 Sept 2020, with details on Alternative tests being released for the Jobkeeper extension.

 

For all the different business circumstances applicable for an alternative test, there are considerations if the business has also been impacted by drought or bushfire. There is also a separate test for businesses being financially affected by being in a declared drought or natural disaster zone.

 

For more details, please check out:-