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With the uncertain times we’re in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be tough to find reliable financial information. So, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to all of the relevant updates in Australia – check out all of the details below!
- Useful links for banks and finance companies
- Federal Government measures
- Australian Banking Association
- State Government Payroll Tax Relief
Useful links for banks and finance companies
The majority of Australian Banks and Finance Companies are offering relief packages to support
SME businesses through these very difficult times. Below is a quick summary as at 25/3/2020.
|ANZ||6 months deferred repayments (TBA)||Click here|
|BOQ FINANCE||6 months deferred repayments||Call Finlease on 1800 370 641|
|CAPITAL FINANCE||6 months deferred repayments||Click here|
|COMMONWEALTH BANK||3 months automatic deferment + option for an extra 3 months||Click here|
|MACQUARIE BANK||6 months deferred repayments||Click here|
|METRO FINANCE||3 months deferred repayments||1300 362 627|
|NAB||6 months deferred repayments||Click here|
|PEPPER MONEY||Deferrals – case by case||1800 356 383|
|ST GEORGE||6 months deferred repayments||Click here|
|WESTPAC||6 months deferred repayments||Click here|
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Federal Government Measures
1. Boosting cash flow for businesses
Job Keeper wage subsidy
For businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19, the government will reimburse wages of $1,500 per fortnight per employee for each employee on the books of a business at 1 March 2020. Businesses need to demonstrate an income decline of at least 30% to be eligible. Payments will begin in May but will be backdated to 1 March 2020. Businesses need to register their interest in the scheme on the Australian Taxation Office website.
Businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million will be entitled to credits on their PAYG payments for the Jan to March and April to Jun activity statements equal to the amount of the payment due, capped at $50,000 for each statement (i.e. up to $100,000 in total)
As a disaster response measure the ATO has advised that taxpayers can vary their monthly or quarterly PAYG instalment of income tax due on the March 2020 BAS to $nil.
The ATO has also stated: “Businesses that vary their PAYG instalment rate or amount can also claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019 quarters.”
2. Support for business investment
Instant asset write offs
Increase in the instant asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000, for businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) from 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
Additional depreciation write off
Businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million will be able to deduct an additional 50 per cent of the asset cost in the year of purchase – through to 30 June 2021.
3. Insolvency relief measures
Relaxed requirements around Director liability for trading while insolvent and creditor regulations.
4. Proposed rent relief measures
The Prime Minister has indicated the national cabinet is also working on rental assistance measures for commercial and residential leases. There is a moratorium on evictions in place.
Australian Banking Association
The ABA advised that financial lenders will offer deferred loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months.
State Governments – Payroll Tax Relief
New South Wales
- Payroll tax-paying businesses with a payroll of less than $10 million are not required to make payroll tax payments for the months of March, April, or May 2020. (All dollar figures expressed are Australian dollars.)
- For these businesses, all wages paid should still be disclosed in the annual reconciliation, however a 25-percent reduction in the amount of tax the business would have had to pay for the year ended 30 June 2020 will be applied.
- Details are expected shortly with respect to the process for claiming the waiver (if required).
- The NSW payroll tax threshold will also be increased to from $900,000 to $1 million, from 1 July 2020.
- The government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small- and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million. This assistance is a refund, not a loan.
- The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021.
- Payroll tax-paying businesses with a payroll of up to $6.5 million, will receive an email about a refund of payroll tax for two months and a payroll tax holiday for three months. These businesses can also apply for a deferral of payroll tax for the rest of the 2020 calendar year (deferral requests already applied for will be automatically extended).
- Payroll tax-paying businesses with a payroll above $6.5 million, who are negatively affected by COVID-19 can apply for a deferral of payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year (deferral requests already applied for will be automatically extended) and a refund of payroll tax for two months.
- The deferral and refund are granted by a separate application. The refund must be applied for before 31 May 2020.
- Payroll tax-paying businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million will receive a grant of $17,500 to assist them with managing the impacts of COVID-19. The grants will be issued by cheque to eligible taxpayers in July 2020 (no application necessary).
- Additional payroll tax relief will also apply for small businesses as a result of the payroll tax threshold increasing to $1 million from 1 July 2020 (six months earlier than planned).
- There is also a payroll tax payment deferral available for businesses a payroll of $7.5 million or less that are impacted by COVID-19. The deferral is granted by application4 and applies to the period between 1 March and 30 June. Payroll tax returns for these periods are still required to be lodged where payment deferral is granted.
- A payroll tax waiver is being provided for employers in the hospitality, tourism, and seafood industries during 2020 for the March, April, and May 2020 months. These organisations will still be required to lodge their annual payroll tax reconciliations by 21 July 2020, and a waiver of payroll tax will be granted for March, April, May, and June.
- A payroll tax waiver is also being provided for with a payroll of up to $5 million during 2020 for the March, April and May 2020 months. These organisations will still be required to lodge their annual payroll tax reconciliations by 21 July 2020 and a waiver of payroll tax will be granted for March, April, and May.
- To encourage businesses to employ young people, the government will introduce a youth employment payroll tax rebate scheme for young people from 1 April 2020. The scheme provides a payroll tax rebate for one year, to businesses that employ a young person aged 24 and under.
- Additional details (including the application process) are expected shortly.
- Six month waiver on payroll tax for hospitality, creative arts and entertainment industries. Access to interest free deferrals of payroll tax commencing 1 July 2020 for all businesses up to a payroll threshold of $10 million.