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JobKeeper 2.0 Alternative Tests eligibility

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Regarding JobKeeper 2.0 and the alternative test, is there any further guidance on how businesses that originally qualified for JobKeeper 1.0 under the alternative tests will be able to apply the alternative test for JobKeeper 2.0? 

 

Specifically:

  1. whether the Alternative Test has to be applied all over again to the extension of the JobKeeper payment
  2. whether having qualified under the Alternative Test in the first place, the business one needs to comply with the 30% turnover declines for quarters ending September 2020 and December 2020 (compared with the same periods in 2019).
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Hi @AshC

 

The Treasury website's Jobkeeper extension (PDF specifically linked on above webpage, Pg 3) does state that businesses, "..will have to meet a further decline in turnover test for each of the two periods of extension". This has to be confirmed, as below, but I don't expect this to change from the ATO's perspective (my opinion only), as the turnover test periods are specific for each 'extension' period.

 

We have some new information about the extension of Jobkeeper payment , that you can look at our ATO website. Keep in mind that the changes from Sept 28th are still only proposals, but will take effect from that date once legislated. We expect to have more information once it has been legislated eg on 'alternative' tests, so keep an eye on our website eg Jobkeeper timeline for content updates .

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Nothing legislated yet so no one will be able to answer that now but logic would dictate the answers will be 

1) no

2) yes

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Hi @AshC

 

The Treasury website's Jobkeeper extension (PDF specifically linked on above webpage, Pg 3) does state that businesses, "..will have to meet a further decline in turnover test for each of the two periods of extension". This has to be confirmed, as below, but I don't expect this to change from the ATO's perspective (my opinion only), as the turnover test periods are specific for each 'extension' period.

 

We have some new information about the extension of Jobkeeper payment , that you can look at our ATO website. Keep in mind that the changes from Sept 28th are still only proposals, but will take effect from that date once legislated. We expect to have more information once it has been legislated eg on 'alternative' tests, so keep an eye on our website eg Jobkeeper timeline for content updates .

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Thank you @WainWright for the information. Appreciate it!

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Hi @AshC

 

As mentioned in the recently updated Actual decline in turnover test , if the normal comparison period is not appropriate, than a business can apply an alternative test to see if it can satisfy this test for the Jobkeeper extension quarters.

 

For more guidance on applying this test, see quote (from above webpage) -

 

"The actual decline in turnover test is similar to the original decline in turnover test. However:

  • it must be done for specific quarters only
  • you must use actual sales made in the relevant quarter, not projected sales, when working out your GST turnover
  • you must allocate sales to the relevant quarter in the same way you would report those sales to a particular business activity statement if you were registered for GST." (italics added)

For more information on the different business circumstances, please consider  Alternative test.

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Hi @WainWright

 

Thanks for the information. I expect my business should be able to qualify under the Alternative test "Business that has had a substantial increase in turnover", same as what happenned in March.

 

Havgin read through the online materials, I still can't find a way to apply based on this test. I'm using the online Business Portal, but the only way to declare seems to be via the Basic Test.

 

How to I apply to Jobkeeper extension using the Alternative test?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi @vkozlovskii,

 

When you check your actual decline in turnover, it will give you the option to manually enter the data.

 

You need to manually enter the figure for September quarter 2019 turnover, even if you're using an alternative comparison period or alternative test.

 

Once you've entered the figure, the form will ask "Was an alternative test used to provide the turnover amount?" You should answer Yes.

 

The form then asks which alternative test you used. Select substantial increase in turnover.

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I have tried to do this but it still doesn't work. The ATO system does not allow enrolling using alternative test using substantial increase in turnover. We are running out of time soon. Have you rectified this issue in your system ?

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Hi @Ninjaturtle

 

We were under the impression that this issue had been fixed (checked with our technical specialist). Please check the Jobkeeper guides and if there is another issue, then you can contact us. You also have until the end of October to input these details in our systems., so please try again (see @BlakeATO's last post), and hopefully, it should work this time.

 

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Hi,

 

No the problem is still not fixed. The problem is your system only allows us to check a decline in turnover when we click on "check" button. It does not allow us to test turnover under alternative method under substantial turnover. We have until end of Oct but we still need to enrol under this test and time is runnig out if you don't come up with a solution. The guideline you mentioned in your reply does not address this issue. Could you pls provide the relevant and correct guideline to resolve this problem. I suggest the technician to test the system and if it is fixed, could you please provide us with an instruction on how to do it. Thank you.