• COVID-19 VUCAP Risk

Boosting cash flow for employers

Updated: Mar 30


Source: Australian Government - The Treasury [Fact Sheets]


Situation


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 businesses’ and not-for-profits’ cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff. 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.

Eligibility - 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.


• The payment will be delivered by the ATO 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 per cent 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 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.


Eligibility - Additional payment

To qualify for the additional payment, the entity must continue to be active. 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). 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).


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



What does this mean?


Organisations that employ staff including not for profit organisations should factor the impact of these initiatives in their cashflow forecasts.



Summary of the VUCAP view of this position and the impact on organisations


Political - Favourable over the next 12 months

Economic - Favourable over the next 12 months

Sociocultural - Favourable over the next 12 months

Organisations should reassess cashflow predictions and adjust risk models.

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