Ongoing Government Support for Business | COVID-19
Additional Resurgence Support Payment Available from 8 OctoberA third round of the resurgence support...
With Auckland set to have another week at Level 4, and potentially several weeks at Level 3, the support available for business throughout the country continues to evolve. We provide the latest on what support is available, the criteria and when it will be available.
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The third round of the wage subsidy will be available from 9am on Friday 17 September. Applications for the second round close at 11.59pm Thursday 16 Sept (tomorrow). The revenue test period will be from 14 September to 27 September, with the anticipated comparable being a typical two week period in the six week period prior to 17 August. We anticipate the other key criteria would be the same as before, being:
Note that a business can only be in receipt of one wage subsidy at a time. This means that you need to wait two weeks from the time you lodged your last wage subsidy application before applying for the next round.
One caveat is the government’s announcement stated “A reminder that this is available for those in Auckland, but also those around the country who can establish that their revenue loss is a result of Alert Level 3 or 4 in Auckland”. This suggests there may be scrutiny around applicants who would otherwise meet the criteria but have suffered a revenue decline for other reasons, for instance, due to the current Level 2 restrictions outside Auckland establishing density and capacity limits in hospitality. An example of where the requirement may be met for those in Level 2 is if there are stoppages or delays in getting raw materials from Auckland that hold up business activities. We hope the government provides further clarity in this area in coming days.
Late last week the government announced a second round of the Resurgence Support Payment with applications opening at 8am on Friday 17 September.
In order to be eligible, a business will need to show a 30% decrease in revenue in a 7-day period from 8 September until immediately before the whole of New Zealand returns to Level 1, compared with a typical 7-day period in the 6 weeks before 17 August.
Other criteria remain the same, including the amended requirement for businesses to have been in business for 1 month before 17 August 2021 (previously this was 6 months).
Businesses who applied for the first round of the Resurgence Support Payment can apply for the second round.
All businesses in New Zealand can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The government has also indicated the resurgence support payment will operate on a three weekly cycle while any part of the country is still at Level 2 or higher
While it is good to see government support for business, we are concerned that businesses outside of Auckland who are suffering from density and capacity limits, as well as general nervousness by the population, may not be eligible for the support they need to enable the retention of their staff.
If you have any queries regarding the support available for business, please contact your Baker Tilly Staples Rodway advisor.
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