Firstly, myself and the WD Nicholls team here wanted to reassure you that we are working through all of your enquiries as promptly as possible. We would like to offer you all our support and thoughts during this time and we will do all that we can to provide you with as many informative updates as possible. We will get through this.
Below are some of the most current and commonly asked questions surrounding the current financial climate:
IS OUR OFFICE STILL OPEN?
Yes. We are adhering to the NSW Government guidelines on businesses that are currently considered essential. As of today's date, we are able to remain open. Whilst we are maintaining strict hygiene and social distancing rules, for the health and safety of our clients and staff, we are asking for the following:
Please make contact by telephone and one of our team will advise you of the next step.
We are presently not able to accept any walk-ins.
As of tomorrow, there will be a drop off system for clients who need documents to be delivered however, the 2nd door accessing the office will remain locked. Our staff will ensure regular checks of the drop off area. Any further action will be advised by staff via telephone.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR MY BUSINESS?
We need to review your payment plan. As announced on 22 March, the government is 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. These payments will help business and not-for-profit cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their bills and retain staff.
Small and medium-sized business entities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers are eligible. 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.
Under the enhanced scheme, employers will receive a payment equal to 100% of their salary and wages withheld (up from 50%), with a:
minimum payment of $10,000
maximum payment of $50,000
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 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:
helping employers to retain staff
helping entities to keep operating.
The cash flow boost provides a tax-free payment to employers. We will automatically calculate it.
Eligibility for Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments
Small and medium-sized business entities and NFPs with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ workers will be eligible. Eligibility will generally be based on prior year turnover.
After we have reviewed your PAYG the ATO will deliver the payment as an automatic credit in the activity statement system from 28 April 2020 upon employers lodging eligible upcoming activity statements.
Eligible employers that withhold tax to the ATO on their employees’ salary and wages will receive a payment equal to 100% of the amount withheld, up to a maximum payment of $50,000.
Eligible employers 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 before 12 March 2020. However, charities that 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 COVID-19.
Eligibility for additional payment
To qualify for the additional payment, the entity must continue to be active.
Monthly activity statement lodgers
For monthly activity statement lodgers, the additional payments will be delivered as an automatic credit in the activity statement system. This will be equal to a quarter of their total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment following the lodgement of their June 2020, July 2020, August 2020 and September 2020 activity statements (up to a total of $50,000).
Quarterly activity statement lodgers
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 their total initial Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payment following the lodgement of their June 2020 and September 2020 activity statements (up to a total of $50,000).