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Important Updates to Job Keeper 1.0 & 2.0

Changes to JobKeeper eligibility rules, announced on 14th August, mean we now need to revisit JobKeeper 1.0 to ensure your business stays eligible and to maximise your JobKeeper entitlements. Indeed, the changes may result in increased JobKeeper 1.0 payments for some businesses.

The government has also announced a relaxation of eligibility criteria for JobKeeper 2.0.

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COVID-19 Important Updates

As we continue to adapt to life with the coronavirus, the one certainty is how rapidly things can change, and predicting how the next six months unfolds would be anyone’s guess. Despite the uncertainty, both Federal and State governments continue to do all they can to assist businesses and the economy to respond accordingly.

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Important JobKeeper Updates

The ATO continues to roll out much-needed details about JobKeeper Payments, allowing us to advise clients with increasing clarity. Recent information has served to broaden eligibility for some businesses and extend deadlines, opening pathways for more businesses to potentially benefit from the subsidy.

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JobKeeper – Important Updates

The roll-out of the JobKeeper program continues at a rapid pace. Is your business ready for the JobKeeper Subsidy?

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Investment Markets and Economic Updates

We have now updated our COVID-19 Updates and Resources page to include some key insights into investment markets and economic conditions. This will be particularly relevant to our investor and financial planning clients.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payment update

The JobKeeper Payment, at $130B, is the single biggest economic support measure in Australia’s history. The more we hear and read, the more confident we are that this measure has definitely hit the mark and will be the saviour for many businesses and thousands of jobs.

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COVID-19 JobKeeper Payments

The third and largest COVID-19 (coronavirus) support package to date is a $130 billion economic injection designed to save jobs for the next 6 months. In this package, businesses may be entitled to receive a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee.

The so-called JobKeeper Payment is designed to keep people in work and the Government expects up to 6 million people will benefit from the subsidy.

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COVID-19 Stimulus & Support Update

The federal government continues to release a range of measures to support both business and individuals as a result of COVID-19.

This update primarily focuses on the government’s second round of stimulus measures. We also outline key concessions announced to date by major banks and provide a brief update on state government announcements.

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COVID-19 Economic stimulus package: key points for your business

Federal and state governments have announced various measures to support the economy in the wake of the impact of COVID-19.

In this summary, we address the key announcements to date, including Tasmanian state government and ATO support.

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Federal Election Promises Compared

With only two more sleeps until the 2019 Federal election, Australians have a plethora of promises to consider. We’ve found a very helpful comparison of the two major parties’ tax policies, released by The Tax Institute.

To a large extent, the parties have sought to differentiate themselves through their tax policies. Their proposals present two different versions of Australia. In the Coalition’s 2019 Budget, we were presented with a long-term plan for “lower, simpler, fairer taxes”. Labor have presented their response as a plan for a “fair go”.

Our views below are simply related to the parties’ tax policies in isolation, and how these might affect our clients. Of course, you will need a  broader perspective to assess the overall merits of each party.

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