Major Change to Bankruptcy Laws: What Does This Mean For Your Business?

It has been extremely difficult for many to keep their businesses afloat amid the COVID-19 crisis. Throwing a lifeline to small businesses, the government has overhauled bankruptcy laws to save thousands of jobs and companies on the verge of collapse. What Are The Changes? From the current ‘creditor-in-possession’ regime, Australia’s insolvency laws shifted to a ‘debtor-in-possession system’. Entities with liabilities below $1 million will be able to access the scheme.…  Read more

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy extended

The Australian Government has extended and expanded the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy, to include medium-sized businesses who had an eligible apprentice in place on 1 July 2020. This may be of particular interest to employers who are not eligible for the JobKeeper extension. What is the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy? The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy is part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response.…  Read more

JobKeeper 2.0: the new rules and the ATO guidance

The first tranche of JobKeeper ends on 27 September 2020. Those needing further support will need to reassess their eligibility and prove an actual decline in turnover. To receive JobKeeper from 28 September 2020, eligible employers need to assess their decline in turnover with reference to actual GST turnover for the September 2020 quarter (for JobKeeper payments between 28 September to 3 January 2021), and again for the December 2020…  Read more

$3bn Support Package for VIC business announced

On Sunday 13 September 2020, the Victorian Government announced a new support package delivering $3 billion in “cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support delivered to Victorian businesses.” There are almost no details on the package as yet – just the announcement. We will bring you more as soon as they are released. And, some of the $3 billion appears to be in the form of deferrals (not waivers) and…  Read more

What now? Where to get help if you need it

The Government has announced further changes to the JobKeeper scheme. The good news is that employees that missed out on JobKeeper because they were not employed on 1 March 2020 might now be eligible. The proposed changes would enable employees employed on 1 July 2020 to receive JobKeeper payments from 3 August if they meet the other eligibility criteria. If you have employees impacted by this change, you will still…  Read more

JobKeeper Extension Bill

The JobKeeper Payments Amendment Bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on Wednesday 26th August. We appreciate your patience as we process these changes This Bill introduces the extension of the JobKeeper scheme that was announced last month. The proposed rate changes will see the current $1500 per fortnight payment drop to $1200 for full time workers. and $750 for those working less than 20 hours per week from…  Read more

More JobKeeper changes expected

You may have heard the news that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the government will expand the JobKeeper scheme again. This comes a few weeks after announcements of JobKeeper 2.0 to start at the end of September. Below is a roundup of what has been announced and what we expect to see, but please note that this is not legislated yet and is still subject to change. Again, we appreciate…  Read more

The ATO on COVID-19 fraud warpath

We always knew that a Government scheme swiftly distributing cash during a crisis was going to come with equally swift compliance and review measures, particularly when eligibility was self-assessed. Two major Australian Taxation Office (ATO) initiatives are searching out fraud and schemes designed to take advantage of the Government’s Coronavirus Economic Response Package. Tip lines, tax returns and STP The tip line, tax returns, and single touch payroll are just…  Read more

$2.5bn JobTrainer package: What you need to know

The Government has announced the $2.5bn JobTrainer package to retrain, upskill and open new job opportunities. JobTrainer for job seekers and school leavers An additional 340,700 training places will be created to provide no or low cost courses into sectors with job opportunities. The Government is working with the States and Territories to develop a list of qualifications and skill sets to be covered by the program. JobTrainer for employers…  Read more

Instant Asset Write-Off Extended

Good news! The Australian government announced that the Instant Asset Write-off has been extended for six months, taking the initiative to 31 December 2020. Australian businesses with less than $500 million annual turnover will be able to take advantage of the write-off and invest in assets to support their business. This government initiative is designed to help the economy reopen and boost economic growth. The instant asset write-off applies on…  Read more

What’s changing on 1 July?

Company tax rate reduces to 26% for base rate entities $150k instant asset write-off scheduled to reduce back to $1,000 for small business entities and will no longer be available for entities with an aggregated annual turnover of $10m or more, although accelerated depreciation rules apply to certain entities until 30 June 2021 Cents per km rate for work-related car expenses increase to 72 cents Expected reforms to allow 66…  Read more

HomeBuilder: What is it and how do you access it?

The Government has announced grants of $25,000 to encourage people to build a new home or substantially renovate their existing home. The HomeBuilder scheme targets the residential construction market by providing tax-free grants of $25,000 to eligible owner-occupiers, including first home buyers, to build a new home or substantially renovate their existing home. The grants will be distributed by the revenue office of the State or Territory where you live…  Read more

Temporary early release of superannuation

Date: 25 March – 24 September 2020Applications from 20 April 2020 Applies to: People in severe financial hardship From 20 April 2020, people in financial distress as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to self-certify and apply for early release of up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20, and again in 2020-21 (up until 24 September 2020). Superannuation accessed under this measure is not taxed and…  Read more

The $1,500 JobKeeper Package – what you need to know

Date: From 30 March 2020 for six months For employees employed at and from 1 March 2020  First payments in first week of May 2020 Applies to: Based on comparable periods: Employers <$1 bn that have experienced a downturn of more than 30% Employers >$1bn that have experienced a downturn of more than 50% A subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight per employee, administered by the ATO, will be paid to businesses that…  Read more

Super guarantee amnesty: How to get your payroll right

The superannuation guarantee (SG) amnesty provides employers with a one-off opportunity to “self-correct.” Now is the time to ensure that your payroll is correct and there are no hidden SG issues looming. The amnesty applies from 24 May 2018 (the date of the original announcement) until six-months (deadline to 7 September 2020). Employers will have this period to voluntarily disclose underpaid or unpaid SG payment to the Commissioner of Taxation.…  Read more

The Stimulus Package: What do you need to know?

The First Stimulus Package The Government has announced a $17.6 billion investment package to support the economy as we brace for the impact of the coronavirus. The four-part package focuses on business investment, sustaining employers and driving cash into the economy. In Summary Business Business investment Increase and extension of the instant asset write-off Accelerated depreciation deductions Cash flow assistance for small and medium-sized business Tax-free payments up to $25,000…  Read more

JT&P Internship Program

JT&P is pleased to announce Clunie Palliser as the first recipient of the Jeffrey O Thomas Internship, in cooperation with Carey Baptist Grammar School. The connection with Carey is that our founding Managing Partner, Jeff Thomas attended the school from 1960 – 1966, was President of the Old Carey Grammarians Association, Chairman of the School Board, and is an Honorary Life Member of the School. The Carey quadrangle is named…  Read more

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