Tasmanian government stimulus measures
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- The Tasmanian government's Landlord Support Fund is now open for applications. A landlord or their agent can apply for up to $2,000 in a one-off financial support payment if they have current residential leases and tenants who have fallen behind in paying rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as at 31 August 2020. This program will run from 7 September to 1 December 2020.
- Tasmanian government's Small Business Energy Support Grant Program opened for grant applications on 31 August and will run until 12 noon 26 October 2020. One off grant payments of $1,000 are available to eligible businesses who have not been eligible for the COVID-19 electricity, water and/or sewerage wavier available from service providers from 1 April 2020.
- Tasmanian government's Tourism Industry Market Support Program opened for grant applications on 12 August and will run until 30 October 2020 or until all the funds are allocated (whichever occurs first). A total of $750,000 is available and allotment occurs on a first in, first assessed basis.
- A further round of COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Grant Program from the Tasmanian government opened on Monday 10 August and will run until 12 noon on 2 October, or until all the funds are allocated - whichever comes first. This second round will provide 2,666 grants of $750 each to eligible businesses to engage a qualified specialist to advise on business continuity planning.
- You can access information about the Tasmanian HomeBuilder Grants on the Tasmanian State Revenue Office page.
- Tasmanian government will exempt JobKeeper payments by employers of Tasmanians from payroll tax. The Payroll Tax Waiver guidelines for the JobKeeper payments have now been released.
- Tasmanian State Revenue Office has released the guidelines and applications forms for the waiver of payroll tax for:
- Hospitality, tourism and seafood industry businesses for the last four months of 2019-20.
- Other businesses with payrolls of up to $5 million that have been adversely affected by the pandemic can have their payroll tax waived for April to June 2020.
- Following discussions with the Tasmanian government, Launceston City Council approved on 2 April a number of measures as part of its Community Care and Recovery Package. These include a remission of the general rate and general charge for 6 months for the Commercial and Sport and Recreation rates categories. Certain businesses, such as supermarkets, petrol stations, bottleshops and chemists are excluded. Further details of this and other measures are available on the Council's website.