Tax Talk | Wage Subsidy Updates
Over the last couple of days, the government has provided more information about both the wage subsidy...
As you will no doubt be aware, on Tuesday the Government announced a number of measures to assist businesses and stimulate the economy in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Note: this package was updated on 23 March and further clarified on 27 and 28 March. The article below reflects the package following these adjustments.
Support has been provided in one of two ways:
The wage subsidy is available for employers, contractors, sole traders or the self-employed. There are a number of criteria that need to be met to qualify for the subsidy, with the main ones being:
The subsidy is in the form of a flat rate payment of $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week or $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week. The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee.
Employers, contractors, sole traders or those self-employed may qualify for the Leave Payment. The Leave Payment will be available to support people financially if they:
The Leave Payment was available for 8 weeks for applications received between 17 March 2020 and 3pm on 27 March 2020 to and paid at the same rate as the wage subsidy. Employers were able to apply for this more than once. It was paid to employers who have eligible employees and they must pass the payment onto their employees in full. It has now been incorporated into the Wage Subsidy.
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