COVID-19 ATO Updates

Below is an outline of the measures on the update

Simplified Process – Work From Home Deductions
  1. The ATO has announced new working-from-home shortcuts, enabling business owners and employees working from home due to the coronavirus crisis a simplified process for claiming deductions.
  2. The new arrangement will allow people to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for each specific expense.
  3. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) clarified that multiple people living in the same house can claim this new rate, while the requirement to have a dedicated work-from-home area has also been removed.
  4. The new method will apply to the period between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, with the ATO due to review the special arrangement for the next financial year as the COVID-19 situation progresses. The Tax Office stressed that claims for working-from-home expenses prior to 1 March 2020 cannot be calculated using the shortcut method, and must use the pre-existing working-from-home approach and requirements.
  5. Due to the pandemic, many taxpayers are working from home for the first time and this simplifies home office deductions. It will be necessary though to keep a record of the hours they have worked from home as evidence of their claim.
  6. According to the ATO, the simplified method will encompass all deductible running expenses, including electricity for heating, cooling and lighting; phone and internet expenses; and the decline in value of computers, printers, phones, furniture and furnishings.
  7. The methods available for claiming:
    • claim a rate of 80 cents per work hour for all additional running expenses.
    • claim a rate of 52 cents per work hour for heating, cooling, lighting, cleaning and the decline in value of office furniture, plus calculate the work-related portion of your phone and internet expenses, computer consumables, stationery and the decline in value of a computer, laptop or similar device.
    • claim the actual work-related portion of all your running expenses, which you need to calculate on a reasonable basis.


Jobkeeper Payment ATO Schedule
MAY $3,000 – Fortnights starting 30 March and 13 April
JUNE $3,000 – Fortnights starting 27 April and 11 May
JULY $3,000 – Fortnights starting 25 May and 8 June
AUGUST $3,000 – Fortnights starting 22 June and 6 July
SEPTEMBER $4,500 – Fortnights starting 20 July, 3 August and 17 August
OCTOBER $3,000 – Fortnights starting 31 August and 14 September


Jobkeeper Payment Payroll Configuration
01 30/03/2020 – 12/04/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-01 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-01
02 13/04/2020 – 26/04/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-02 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-02
03 27/04/2020 – 10/05/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-03 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-03
04 11/05/2020 – 24/05/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-04 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-04
05 25/05/2020 – 07/06/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-05 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-05
06 08/06/2020 – 21/06/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-06 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-06
07 22/06/2020 – 05/07/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-07 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-07
08 06/07/2020 – 19/07/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-08 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-08
09 20/07/2020 – 02/08/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-09 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-09
10 03/08/2020 – 16/08/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-10 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-10
11 17/08/2020 – 30/08/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-11 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-11
12 31/08/2020 – 13/09/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-12 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-12
13 14/09/2020 – 27/09/2020 JOBKEEPER-START-FN-13 JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN-13

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