Alert Level Update

All of New Zealand (Excluding Auckland) is currently at Alert Level 3. We will be moving to Alert Level 2 as at 11.59pm on Tuesday 07th of September 2021.
Auckland and Northland regions will likely remain at Alert Level 4 for longer.

The Alert Levels are determined by the Government and specify the public health and social measures to be taken in the fight against COVID-19. You can find further guidance on this website

For More information on Level 2 Alert Level CLICK HERE.

Key Information for Alert Level 2

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What does Level 2 mean for you?

September 1st, 2021, COVID-19 Resources update

  • Ways to Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
  • Official Contact Tracing Locations of Interest


​ Government & Financial Support:

An early morning update released by Hon Grant Robertson highlights that the government has triggered significant support for businesses and workers. [CLICK HERE] to read the article.

Want to know about;

Currently available Financial Assistance Schemes

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Update [OPEN FOR APPLICATION]

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The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy 2021 is open for applications for two weeks from 9.00am, Friday 20 August 2021. Applications can be made through the Work and Income website, https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/wage-subsidy/index.html

The subsidy is for two weeks, and the payment rate is $600 a week (full time) and $359.00 a week (part-time).
 
To ensure applications get processed as quickly as possible, it’s important the information provided matches what is held by Inland Revenue (e.g. IR number, company name, bank account, employee details including name and IR number).
 
Applicants should check they’re applying for the correct payment. Some businesses apply for the Leave Support Scheme or the Short Term Absence Payment, when they meant to apply for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021. (Businesses can only receive one of these three COVID-19 payments for the same employee at the same time.)

Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria are similar to the March 2021 scheme, including employer obligations and revenue test.
It’s important applicants read all the information, including the declaration they are agreeing to, carefully and make sure they comply.
The revenue test is a decrease of at least 40%. This means:

  • Businesses need to have had (or expect to have) a minimum 40% decline in revenue in the 14-days since the Alert Level escalation (e.g. between 17 – 30 August 2021), when compared with their revenue during a typical 14-day period in the six weeks immediately before the Alert Level escalation. 
  • Businesses with highly seasonal revenue can compare their revenue to 17 – 30 August 2020 or 2019, if they can show that the seasonal nature of their business makes it harder for them to meet the revenue test using the default comparison period.

The decline in revenue must be caused by the effect of the nationwide Alert Level increase on 17 August 2021 on their businesses.
 

After the payment is made

If the revenue decline doesn’t eventuate the business needs to repay the subsidy.
Businesses will need to prepare and keep evidence to support their declaration (but they don’t need to provide this on application)
MSD will complete background checks and target integrity activity. This means a sample of applicants will be asked for proof of revenue decline.
If the Government decides to extend the wage subsidy, businesses will need to make another application. At this stage the wage subsidy is only for two weeks.


Please note: This information is a guide only. The Wage Subsidy declaration on the Work and Income website has full details of eligibility criteria and obligations, and prevails over any other information.

​ Resurgence Support Payment:

The COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment helps businesses directly affected when there’s an increase from Alert Level 1 for a week or more. It helps to cover wages and fixed costs.

The Government has activated the Resurgence Support Payment, and businesses can apply through myIR from Tuesday 23 February. It is available to all eligible businesses and organisations in New Zealand.

To be eligible for the payment, your business must have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or capital-raising ability over a 7 day period after the increased Alert Level, and meet other criteria.

Eligible businesses can apply to receive the lesser of:

$1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs, or

4 times (4x) the actual revenue drop experienced by the business. A total of up to $21,500

Find out if your business is eligible, and how to apply

Covid-19 Short Term Absence Payment:

The COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment helps businesses to pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. This payment is also available to self-employed people.

The payment helps businesses keep paying employees who:

cannot work from home, and

need to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result.

This must be in line with public health guidance

A one-off payment of $350 is available for each employee. You can apply for it once for each eligible employee in any 30-day period. However, you can apply for it again if a health official or doctor tells them to get another test.

Your business should encourage employees to call Healthline or talk to their doctor if they are unwell.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment, and how to apply

​ Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme:

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is still available for businesses to help pay employees who need to self-isolate for other reasons and cannot work from home.

If your employees have been advised to self-isolate and they cannot work from home, you can apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme for them. You can also apply if you are self-employed or a sole trader. 

The scheme means employees and self-employed people receive an income if they cannot work from home while they’re self-isolating. 

You can apply for the payment if your employees are not able to be at work, cannot work from home and have advised you that:

they have COVID-19 and must self-isolate until a medical practitioner advises they can leave self-isolation

they have been directed to self-isolate, or are the parent or caregiver of a dependant who has been directed to self-isolate, by a Medical Officer of Health (a Medical Officer of Health is defined in the Health Act 1956)

they are identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, and they have been advised to self-isolate by a medical practitioner or through the National Contact Tracing process

they are the parent or caregiver of a dependant who has been advised to self-isolate by a medical practitioner or through the National Contact Tracing process, or

they are, or they have household members who are, most at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (as defined in official Government public health guidance), and have been advised by a medical practitioner to self-isolate.

The COVID-19 Leave Support payment is paid as a lump sum, calculated to cover 2 weeks. You can re-apply after this time if your employees still qualify.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme, and how to apply

The criteria for getting the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme changed at 9am on 9 February 2021. If you applied before this time, you need to meet the old criteria.

If your employees need to stay home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result and cannot work from home, the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment is available.

​Covid-19 Short Term Absence Payment:

The COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment helps businesses to pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. This payment is also available to self-employed people.

The payment helps businesses keep paying employees who:

cannot work from home, and

need to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result.

This must be in line with public health guidance

A one-off payment of $350 is available for each employee. You can apply for it once for each eligible employee in any 30-day period. However, you can apply for it again if a health official or doctor tells them to get another test.

Your business should encourage employees to call Healthline or talk to their doctor if they are unwell.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment, and how to apply

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is still available for businesses to help pay employees who need to self-isolate for other reasons and cannot work from home.

​Wage Subsidy

The Wage subsidy scheme allows eligible employers anywhere in the country to apply for if they expect a 40% loss of revenue because of the Alert level increases. The rates have also been increased to reflect the increase of wages since the scheme first started in March 2020. Businesses will be eligible for $600 per week per full time equivalent employee, and $359 per week part-time employee. The Wage subsidy will be paid as a two-week lump sum. Applications open on Friday the 20th; first payments are usually available after 3 days. An update link will be posted when available, however for official updates see Covid-19 Wage subsidy extension [click here].

Also available Herald business article about wage subsidy scheme availability.

We will also be updating our Facebook page as new information comes to light. 



​Business cash flow and tax measures:

Inland Revenue has information on a range of measures to help businesses as they recover. These include:

  • Greater flexibility for taxpayers in respect of statutory tax deadlines
  • Changes to the tax loss continuity rules
  • A tax loss carry-back scheme
  • Measures to support commercial tenants and landlords
  • Further business consultancy support.

Business cash flow and tax relief measures


More links and info

https://www.workandincome.govt...
Insolvency relief for businesses:
https://www.companiesoffice.go...
Covid-19 commercial lease dispute service:
https://www.justice.govt.nz/tr...
Work & Income Support Eligibility:
www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/eligibility/index.html
Ministry of Social Development:
https://my.msd.govt.nz/
Assistance with business support funding;
Te Waka- The Waikato's Economic Development Agency

 

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