Accessing the second Cashflow Boost

It feels like only yesterday we were discussing the initial stimulus package from the Federal Government and the first Cashflow Boost of up to $50,000.

In no time at all, we are close to lodging June 2020 BAS which will include the finalisation of the first Cashflow Boost and the beginning of the second Cashflow Boost, which will be paid in equal instalments from June – September 2020, up to $50,000.

A quick refresh on the Cashflow Boost:

  • It is based on the PAYG withholding you reported on your March Business Activity Statement (BAS), April Instalment Activity Statement (IAS), May IAS and June BAS.
  • The minimum payment for each of the Boosts is $10,000 (total $20,000) and the maximum payment for each of the boosts is $50,000 (total $100,000).
  • The second boost is calculated based on the total of the first.
  • The Cashflow Boost is tax free.

How will it work?

If you received the first Cashflow Boost, you will automatically receive the second when you lodge your activity statements for each month/quarter from June – September 2020. If you lodge monthly, then the Boost will be delivered in four instalments. If you lodge quarterly, then the boost will be delivered in two instalments.

Quarterly lodger – you will receive 50% of the second Boost in the June 2020 quarter and 50% of the second Boost in the September 2020 quarter.

Monthly lodger – you will receive 25% of the second Boost in each of the following months in 2020: June, July, August and September.

The confusing part of the calculation is that businesses might receive the final part of their first Boost in the June 2020 quarter after lodging their June quarterly statement and then also receive the first payment of their second Boost in this quarter.

Example 1

ABC Pty Ltd received the minimum first payment of $10,000 and lodge their BAS quarterly. ABC Pty Ltd will receive $5,000 for quarter ending June 2020 and $5,000 for quarter ending September 2020

Example 2

DCE Pty Ltd received the maximum first payment of $50,000 and lodge their BAS/IAS monthly. DCE Pty Ltd will receive $12,500 for month ending June 2020, $12,500 for month ending July 2020, $12,500 for month ending August 2020 and $12,500 for month ending September 2020

As the Cashflow Boost is tax free there is no tax to be paid on these amounts in the entity that receives them. However, if the entity is a trust or a company then there may be tax consequences for the recipient when the amount is distributed or paid via dividend.

The Cashflow Boost is not inclusive of GST and is not included in turnover calculations for JobKeeper purposes.

Accessing the second Cashflow Boost

Belinda Hudson

Belinda is a Director in our Business Advisory division and is the national lead for William Buck's Health Services Group. Belinda has extensive knowledge in relation to the medical industry covering all areas of general and specialist practices providing advice in tax planning, service trusts, income tax and wealth creation strategies. She also works closely with SMEs and individuals to design and implement long term tax and accounting strategies tailored to their specific needs.

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