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Jobkeeper - Initial Client Letter

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Thank you for all the updates on JK.

On the Initial Client Letter template under "When do you have to Pay"  there is a statement saying 

"You cannot claim the JobKeeper payment on behalf of employees who were not paid at least $1,500 before tax during each JobKeeper payment period".

This seem to contradict the ATO rule (published 14 April )under "How Much to Pay"

If your eligible employees earn less than $1,500 per fortnight before tax, you must
pay them at least $1,500 for each fortnight to claim the JobKeeper payment. This is
a ‘top up’ of their salary or wages and will ensure they remain eligible.

Would appreciate clarification please.  Thank you.



Edited at 16 Apr 2020 07:30 AM GMT

Edited at 16 Apr 2020 07:31 AM GMT

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Hi Aileen,


This sentence means the employee must be paid at least $1,500 to be eligible for JobKeeper.


Thus if the employee earns $1,400 in a fortnight they would not be eligible, however if you "top up" their wage with $100 the employee then becomes eligible.


We have some more examples on this in a recent blog post STP setup for JobKeeper.

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