Boosting cash flow for employers

Provides up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized businesses, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payments will provide cash flow support to businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million and not-for-profit entities that employ staff.  The payment will be tax free.

Latest information

22 March 2020

The Government is now providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000.

On 12 March 2020, the Government announced the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure. The measure initially provided up to $25,000 to business, with a minimum payment of $2,000 for eligible businesses. Small and medium sized business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers are eligible.

The Government has enhanced this measure as part of the second economic response package. Not‑for‑profit entities (NFPs), including charities, with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers will now also be eligible. This will support employment activities at a time where NFPs are facing increasing demand for services.

An additional payment is also being introduced in the July – October 2020 period. Eligible entities will receive an additional payment equal to the total of all of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments they have received.

This means that eligible entities will receive at least $20,000 up to a total of $100,000 under both payments. This additional payment continues cash flow support over a longer period, increasing confidence, helping employers to retain staff and helping entities to keep operating.

The cash flow boost provides a tax free payment to employers and is automatically calculated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). There are no new forms required.

Eligibility

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments

Small and medium business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers will be eligible. Eligibility will generally be based on prior year turnover.

  • The payment will be delivered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a credit in the activity statement system from 28 April 2020 upon businesses lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.
  • Eligible businesses that withhold tax to the ATO on their employees’ salary and wages will receive a payment equal to 100 per cent of the amount withheld, up to a maximum payment of $50,000.
  • Eligible businesses that pay salary and wages will receive a minimum payment of $10,000, even if they are not required to withhold tax.
  • The payments will only be available to active eligible employers established prior to 12 March 2020. However, charities which are registered with the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission will be eligible regardless of when they were registered, subject to meeting other eligibility requirements. This recognises that new charities may be established in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional payment

To qualify for the additional payment, your business must continue to be active.

For monthly activity statement lodgers, your additional payments will be delivered as an automatic credit in the activity statement system. This will be equal to a quarter of your total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment following the lodgment of your June 2020, July 2020, August 2020 and September 2020 activity statements (up to a total of $50,000).

For quarterly activity statement lodgers, the additional payments will be delivered as an automatic credit in the activity statement system. This will be equal to half of your total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment following the lodgment of your June 2020 and September 2020 activity statements (up to a total of $50,000).

This measure will benefit around 690,000 businesses employing around 7.8 million people, and around 30,000 NFPs (including charities).

Timing

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments

The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure will be applied for a limited number of activity statement lodgments. The ATO will deliver the payment as a credit to your business upon lodgment of youractivity statements. Where this places the business in a refund position, the ATO will deliver the refund within 14 days.

Type of lodgerEligible periodLodgment due date
QuarterlyQuarter 3 (January, February and March 2020)
Quarter 4 (April, May and June 2020)
28 April 2020
28 July 2020
MonthlyMarch 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

21 April 2020

21 May 2020

22 June 2020

21 July 2020

 

Quarterly lodgers will be eligible to receive the payment for the quarters ending March 2020 and June 2020.

Monthly lodgers will be eligible to receive the payment for the March 2020, April 2020, May 2020 and June 2020 lodgments. To provide a similar treatment to quarterly lodgers, the payment for monthly lodgers will be calculated at three times the rate (300 per cent) in the March 2020 activity statement.

The minimum payment will be applied to the business’ first lodgment.

 

Additional payment

The additional payment will be applied to a limited number of activity statement lodgments. The ATO will deliver the payment as a credit to your business upon lodgment of your activity statements. Where this places the business in a refund position, the ATO will deliver the refund within 14 days.

 

Type of lodgerEligible periodLodgment due date
QuarterlyQuarter 4 (April, May and June 2020)

Quarter 1 (July, August and September 2020)

28 July 2020

28 October 2020

 

MonthlyJune 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

21 July 2020

21 August 2020

21 September 2020

21 October 2020

 

Quarterly lodgers will be eligible to receive the additional payment for the quarters ending June 2020 and September 2020. Each additional payment will be equal to half of your total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment (up to a total of $50,000).

Monthly lodgers will be eligible to receive the additional payment for the June 2020, July 2020, August 2020 and September 2020 lodgments. Each additional payment will be equal to a quarter of your total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment (up to a total of $50,000).

Examples of how this payment can help your business

Eva’s Family Clinic

Eva owns and runs a clinic in South Australia and has 8 employees on average full-time weekly earnings who each earn $89,730 per year. In the months of March, April and June for the 2019-20 income year, Eva reports withholding of $15,008 for her employees on each business activity statement (BAS).

Under the Government’s changes, Eva will be eligible to receive the Boost on lodgment of each of her BAS. Eva’s business receives:

  • A credit of $45,024 for the March period, equal to 300 per cent of her total withholding.
  • A credit of $4,976 for the April period, before she reaches the $50,000 cap.
  • No payment for the May period, as she has now reached the $50,000 cap.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the June period, equal to 25 per cent of her total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the July period, equal to 25 per cent of her total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the August period, equal to 25 per cent of her total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the September period, equal to 25 per cent of her total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.

Under the previously announced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Eva’s business would have received a maximum payment of $25,000.

Under the Government’s enhanced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Eva’s business will receive $100,000. This is an additional $75,000 to support her business and help her retain her staff.

Shane’s Medical Practice

Shane owns a medical practice in the Northern Territory. He employs 1 nurse, with average salary of $50,000 per year. Shane reports withholding of $8,788 for his employee in each of his monthly BAS.

Under the Government’s changes, Shane will be eligible to receive the payments on lodgment of his relevant BAS.

Shane’s business will receive:

  • A credit of $26,364 for the March period, equal to 300 per cent of his total withholding.
  • A credit of $8,788 for the April period.
  • A credit of $8,788 for the May period.
  • A credit of $6,060 for the June period, before he reaches the $50,000 cap. Shane will also receive an additional payment of $12,500 for the June period, equal to 25 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the July period, equal to 25 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the August period, equal to 25 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $12,500 for the September period, equal to 25 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.

Under the previously announced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Shane’s business would have received a total payment of $25,000.

Under the Government’s enhanced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Shane’s business will receive $100,000. This is an additional $75,000 to support his business.

Tim’s Paper Delivery

Tim owns and runs a small paper delivery business in Melbourne, and employs two casual employees who each earn $10,000 per year. In his quarterly BAS, Tim reports withholding of $0 for his employees as they are under the tax-free threshold.

Under the Government’s changes, Tim will be eligible to receive the payment on lodgment of his BAS.

Tim’s business will receive:

  • A credit of $10,000 for the March quarter, as he pays salary and wages but is not required to withhold tax.
  • An additional payment of $5,000 for the June quarter, equal to 50 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $5,000 for the September quarter, equal to 50 per cent of his total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • If Tim begins with holding tax for the June quarter, he would need to withhold more than $10,000 before he receives any additional payment.

Under the previously announced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Tim’s business would have received a total payment of $2,000.

Under the Government’s enhanced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Tim’s business will receive $20,000. This is an additional $18,000 to support his business.

Nigel’s Not For Profit

Nigel runs a registered charity and to support its programs, employs 5 part time workers with average income of $30,000 per year. It reports total withholding of $3,510 for its employees for each quarterly BAS.

Under the Government’s changes, Nigel will be eligible to receive the payment on lodgment of its BAS as it is a charity. Nigel’s NFP receives:

  • A credit of $10,000 for the March quarter, the minimum payment.
  • An additional payment of $5,000 for the June quarter, equal to 50 per cent of its total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.
  • An additional payment of $5,000 for the September quarter, equal to 50 per cent of its total Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments.

Under the Government’s enhanced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, Nigel will receive $20,000. Under the previously announced Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, NFPs were not eligible for the support.