SME Government Support - Covid-19
- Boosting Cash Flow for Employers
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. Under the enhanced scheme from the first package, employers will receive a payment equal
to 100 per cent of their salary and wages withheld (up from 50 per cent), with the maximum payment being increased from $25,000 to $50,000.
In addition, the minimum payment is being increased from $2,000 to $10,000. The payment will be available from 28 April 2020. The payments
are tax free, there will be no new forms and payments will flow automatically through the ATO.
Small and medium business entities, not for profits & charities with aggregated annual turnover under $50 million and that employ
workers are eligible.
An additional payment is also being made from 28 July 2020. Eligible entities will receive an additional payment equal to the total of all
of the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers payments received.
- Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme
The Government will establish the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme which will support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to get access to
working capital to help them get them through the impact of the coronavirus. Under the Scheme, the Government will guarantee 50 per cent of
new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs.
The Scheme will complement the announcement the Government has made to cut red-tape to allow SMEs to get access to credit faster. It also
complements announcements made by Australian banks to support small businesses with their existing loans.
- Providing temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
The Government is temporarily increasing the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand on a company and the time companies
have to respond to statutory demands they receive. The package also includes temporary relief for directors from any personal liability for
trading while insolvent. The Corporations Act 2001 will be amended to provide temporary and targeted relief for companies to deal with
unforeseen events that arise as a result of the Coronavirus.
This builds on the support for business and business investment provided in the first economic support package, which included:
- increasing the instant asset write off
- backing business investment by providing accelerated depreciation deductions
- supporting apprentices and trainees
- targeted support for Coronavirus-affected regions and communities
The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement
to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance
jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.
The Coronavirus supplement will be paid for the next 6 months. Eligible income support recipients will receive the full amount of the $550
Coronavirus supplement on top of their payment each fortnight.
An increase of up to 5,000 staff for Services Australia will assist to support delivery of new Government measures.
- Payments to support households
In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced on 12 March 2020, the Government will provide a further $750 payment to social security
and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders, except for those who are receiving an income support payment
that is eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement.
This second payment will be made automatically from 13 July 2020 to around 5 million social security, veteran and other income support
recipients and eligible concession card holders. Around half of those that benefit are pensioners.
The first payment will be made from 31 March 2020 to people who will have been on one of the eligible payments any time between 12 March
2020 and 13 April 2020.
- Early release of superannuation
The Government will allow individuals in financial stress as a result of the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in
2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21.
Eligible individuals will be able to apply online through myGov for access of up to $10,000 of their superannuation before 1 July 2020. They
will also be able to access up to a further $10,000 from 1 July 2020 for another three months. They will not need to pay tax on amounts
released and the money they withdraw will not affect Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments.
- Temporarily reduce superannuation minimum drawdown rates
The Government is temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account based pensions and similar products by 50
per cent for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This measure will benefit retirees by providing them with more flexibility as to how they manage their
- Reducing social security deeming rates
On top of the deeming rate changes made at the time of the first package, the Government is reducing the deeming rates by a further 0.25
percentage points to reflect the latest rate reductions by the RBA. As of 1 May 2020, the lower deeming rate will be 0.25 per cent and the
upper deeming rate will be 2.25 per cent.
- Payroll Tax relief package
The QLD Government will extend the offer of a six-month payroll tax deferral to all affected QLD businesses. This will be applicable to
you, if you are an employer paying less than $6.5 million in Australian taxable wages, or if your business has seen a negative effect on
turnover, profit, customers, bookings, sales or supply contracts – compared to normal operating conditions – due to been directly or
indirectly affected by COVID-19.
In addition to the payroll tax deferral to SMEs, the Queensland government has made $500 million available in loans to support workers in
businesses affected by COVID-19. This new $500 million loan facility, will comprise of loans up to $250,000 and will be interest free for
the first 12 months, to support Queensland businesses in business and help retain staff.
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