JobSeeker payment: Tax Time 2020 software updates

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Tax preparation
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Description

For Tax Time 2020, tax preparation software will need to be updated to reflect the following payments being replaced by the JobSeeker Payment:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Wife Pension
  • Widow B Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance (transitioning 20 September 2020).

The above payments transitioned to JobSeeker payment on 20 March 2020.

The Partner Allowance and Widow Allowance will transition in 2022 as recipients reach Age Pension age.

As a result of these changes, Centrelink payment summaries for 2019–20 may detail two types of payments for taxpayers (both old and new payments). Centrelink information will pre-fill according to the following table:

Payment name

End date

Label

JobSeeker Payment

N/A

5

Newstart Allowance

20 March 2020

5

Widow B Pension

20 March 2020

6

Wife Pension

20 March 2020

6

Bereavement Allowance

20 March 2020

6

Sickness Allowance

20 September 2020

5

Widow Allowance

1 January 2022

5

Partner Allowance

1 January 2022

5

Pre-fill information is usually available by mid-August. For more information on requirements of software specifications, refer to 2020 Change advice CA 2020-305 Jobseeker Payment v0.2.

No previous versions available.

Last modified date
Tue 16 Jun 2020