Income support for self-employed people

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The best person to run your business is you. We understand that having an accident and not being able to work can be expensive.

We can make temporary payments to you while you recover. We may also be able to help with the cost of employing someone to replace you.

Summary

  • If you're eligible, in most cases we pay 80% of your gross income, up to $1,390 per week
  • To get paid each fortnight, you need to send us a Certificate of Capacity from your doctor
  • If you return to work part-time or on reduced hours, we can pay partial income support until you go back to your normal hours.

Who can claim income support

Use our Income support eligibility tool to check if you can claim income support.

See How to apply for information about what you need to do.

You may be eligible to claim income support if:

  • You have an accepted TAC claim
  • You’ve had more than 5 days off work because of your transport accident injures
  • You are 15 years or older
  • You have a certificate of capacity from your doctor that says what you can and can't do because of your accident injuries.

How much we can pay

First, we work out what you earned before your accident. The way we work this out depends on the structure of your business. See the section below that applies to you.

After we work out how much you earn, we apply a formula to work out your TAC income support payment.

For most people, their income support works out to be 80% of what they earned before the accident.

If you operate as a sole trader or in a partnership

There are two ways we can work out your income support. We can look at:

  • Your taxable earnings for the last 3 years
  • What it costs to hire someone to replace you.

If your business is less than 3 years old, we will look at the whole period your business has operated. We can take into account any upward or downward trends in your business profits.

Generally, you cannot claim both lost income and the cost of hiring someone.

See 'How to apply' for information about what we need to work out your income support.

If your business is set up as a company or a trust

If your business is a proprietary limited company and you get paid a salary or wage, we can work out your income support based on your pay.

If your business is a trust and you get wages or distributions, we can pay income support in some cases.

See 'How to apply' for information about what we need to work out your income support.

Things we won't include when we work out your income support

  • Cash payments or income that was not declared with the Australian Taxation Office
  • Money you received from interest
  • Rental income
  • Money from dividends
  • Any other income you got that didn't involve working

How we work out what to pay

If your income is less than $686* a week

We can pay you 100% of your income.

If 80% of your income is less than $686* a week

We can pay you $686* a week.

If 80% of your income is between $686* and $1,390 a week

We can pay you 80% of your income a week.

If 80% of your income is more than $1,390 a week

We can pay you $1,390 a week.

* $686 applies if you have no dependants. If you have one dependant, this rate is $880. For each extra dependant add $62. Dependants include anyone who relies on you for financial support.

Things to note

  • We can only pay you the dependant rate if it is less than 100% of your weekly income.
  • The dollar amounts listed are for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. We update these amounts each financial year.
  • We base the amount you get on what you earned before your accident. See How are Loss of Earnings (LOE) benefits assessed for self-employed people? for more information about how we work out your earnings.
  • We will take out tax from your income support. If you have a HELP debt, we will also take out a HELP payment. If you pay family maintenance, we may take out an amount decided by the Child Support Agency.

What you need to do to keep getting income support

To get paid each fortnight, you need to send us a Certificate of Capacity from your doctor.

The Certificate of Capacity updates us on your progress and tells us what you can and can't do.

To avoid a delay in your payments, you must must send us your new certificate at least 5 working days before your certificate expires.

What happens if your certificate is late and you don't get paid

We know that sometimes things don’t go to plan. If we’re satisfied that you tried to send us your Certificate of Capacity on time, we may be able to pay you outside the normal payment cycle. Please call us on 1300 654 329 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5:30pm) for more information.

Other things you need to let us know

You must let us know if:

  • You change your address or bank account details
  • Someone becomes dependent on you for financial support, or is no longer dependent on you
  • You return to work

When you will get paid

Once we’ve accepted your claim, we pay into your nominated bank account each fortnight.

We will send you a Pay As You Go (PAYG) summary at the end of the financial year to include in your tax return.

The 2020 pay dates for eligible clients.

  • 1 January
  • 15 January
  • 29 January
  • 12 February
  • 26 February
  • 11 March
  • 25 March
  • 8 April
  • 22 April
  • 6 May
  • 20 May
  • 3 June
  • 17 June
  • 1 July
  • 15 July
  • 29 July
  • 12 August
  • 26 August
  • 9 September
  • 23 September
  • 7 October
  • 21 October
  • 4 November
  • 18 November
  • 2 December
  • 16 December
  • 30 December

What happens if your certificate is late

We know that sometimes things don’t go to plan. If we’re satisfied that you tried to send us your Certificate of Capacity on time, we may be able to pay you outside the normal payment cycle. Please call us on 1300 654 329 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5:30pm) for more information.

What happens if you go back to work part-time

If you return to work part-time or on reduced hours, we can make partial income support payments to you.

We will need a Certificate of Capacity from your doctor that tells us what you can do at work.

To work out how much to pay, we need a copy of your profit and loss statements. You can send these to us using myTAC.

Many people find getting back to work plays a big part in their recovery. When you are ready, we’re here to support you get back to work as quickly and safely as possible.

See Return to work support for more details about the resources available to you and your employer.