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I got a response saying that I am ineligible as I commenced business after the 01 Jan 2020 (even though it was operational January through to now), so it rules out our eligibility. Also, apparently the alternative test can be applied to only businesses (except for a sole trader) that commenced after 01 Jan 2020, not a sole trader type of business.
I still can't understand why not a sole trader, as that, is a business too. But not much, we can do.
Hi @DeeDee13, did they say that any entity not registered for GST is ineligible for JobKeeper?! That doesn't seem right, the ATO website makes mention of entities that are not registered for GST..!
The turnover calculation is based on GST turnover. This applies even if an entity is not registered for GST.
I can imagine this would be a very distressing. If you've received a letter saying that you're ineligible we'd recommend you gather any evidence of eligibility so that we can work with you to ensure that we make the right determination.
I think the problem here is there are no clear outlines of what makes you ‘eligible’ and everything I have come across has been contradictory. I can provide evidence absolutely, but this is not being considered as I can’t even pass the eligibility test even though I passed it initially.
I found this article yesterday which could help us:
"A joint submission by nine accounting and bookkeeping associations has now urged the government to reconsider the ineligibility of new businesses and start-ups for JobKeeper and cash-flow boost payments."
“They have called for the notice requirement to be amended by importing an assumption that either a monthly or quarterly tax period applies, and to allow the commissioner to use evidence of “making a taxable supply” in those notional tax periods up to 12 March 2020, in order to allow businesses to satisfy eligibility requirements."
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