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Home >> Frequently Asked Questions >> How Do I Correct Incorrectly Reported JobKeeper Eligibility Dates?

How Do I Correct Incorrectly Reported JobKeeper Eligibility Dates?

 

If you have incorrectly reported an employee's JobKeeper eligibility period you may need to correct the STP JobKeeper Fortnight codes as described on the last page of this ATO document, and shown below.

Regarding corrections of these JobKeeper flag codes, the ATO advises:

"This design does not support multiple corrections, so extreme
caution should be taken to ensure accuracy of originally reported
JobKeeper data."

These manual adjustment fortnights can be added into Lightning Payroll under Employees >> Tax Rates >> JobKeeper Settings.

Correct a JobKeeper Start Fortnight

There are several scenarios that may need correction with respect
to the JobKeeper Start Fortnight:

  • Wrong employee – if the wrong employee was reported as
    eligible via the use of the JOBKEEPER-START-FNXX, then
    cancel this employee from eligibility via the use of matching
    JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FNXX where the “XX” fortnights are the
    same (cancellation via matching start/finish fortnights)
  • Incorrect start FN (later) – if a later start fortnight is
    incorrectly reported, report an additional earlier start fortnight.
    ATO will assume the earliest start fortnight is relevant where
    no unmatched finish fortnight is reported. For example:
    reported JOBKEEPER-START-FN02 but should have been
    JOBKEEPER-START-FN01
  • Incorrect start FN (earlier) – if an earlier start fortnight is
    incorrectly reported, cancel this entry via a matching finish
    fortnight (cancellation via matching start/finish fortnights) and
    report an additional later start fortnight
  • Future-dated start FN – if the JobKeeper start fortnight is
    greater than the STP Pay Event Pay/Update Date field, then it
    will be ignored, as if not reported. It will only become valid in
    the matching JobKeeper fixed fortnight that applies. Do not
    cancel or otherwise attempt to correct this invalid entry.
    This design does not support multiple corrections, so extreme
    caution should be taken to ensure accuracy of originally reported
    JobKeeper data. This critical detail is used to determine
    reimbursement to the employer.


Correct a JobKeeper Finish Fortnight

There are several scenarios that may need correction with respect
to the JobKeeper Finish Fortnight:

  • Wrong employee – if the wrong employee was reported as
    becoming ineligible via the use of the JOBKEEPER-FINISHFNXX, then cancel this ineligibility via the use of matching
    JOBKEEPER-START-FNXX where the “XX” fortnights are the
    same (cancellation via matching start/finish fortnights)
  • Incorrect finish FN (later) – if a later finish fortnight is
    incorrectly reported, report an additional earlier finish fortnight.
    ATO will assume the earliest finish fortnight is relevant where
    no unmatched start fortnight is reported. For example:
    reported JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN06 but should have been
    JOBKEEPER-START-FN05
  • Incorrect finish FN (earlier) – if an earlier finish fortnight is
    incorrectly reported, cancel this entry via a matching start
    fortnight (cancellation via matching start/finish fortnights) and
    report an additional later finish fortnight
  • Future-dated finish FN – if the JobKeeper finish fortnight is
    greater than the STP Pay Event Pay/Update Date field, then
    this will assist to inform the ATO that the period reported is the
    final pay to be claimed, as the employee becomes ineligible in
    the following fortnight. This is the required timing to report
    cessation of the JobKeeper payment – in the preceding
    fortnight, during the final JobKeeper eligible fortnight. Finish
    fortnights greater than the next JobKeeper fortnight are
    ignored. For example, an employee who becomes ineligible
    on 30/06/2020 will be reported in the pay period covering that
    JobKeeper fortnight (FN07) with JOBKEEPER-FINISH-FN08,
    as the employee may be terminated and not be included in
    future STP reports.

The correction options for the JobKeeper payment are limited,
given the use of the only STP Pay Event field that can be used for
this purpose: Other Allowance Type description field.
No other existing PAYEVNT.2018 field allows for the capture of
this data without delay. Extreme caution should be taken by
employers to ensure that validation and reconciliation processes
are strong enough to warrant confidence in the initially reported
data.

Created: 2020-05-02 08:32:29

Last Edited: 2020-05-05 07:52:13


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