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.
- Small Business Energy Support Grant Program Round 2 is open until 12 noon 21 December 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 waiver available from service providers from 1 March 2020.
- Small Business Advice for Recovery Program offers a grant of $750 toward the cost of engaging an appropriate consultant to provide advice or a service that will assist the business in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will close on Monday 22 February 2021 at 12:00 pm, or when the funding has been fully allocated, whichever occurs first.
- 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.