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Over the last couple of days, the government has provided more information about both the wage subsidy and the resurgence support payment. Both the wage subsidy and the resurgence support payment are available to businesses nationwide, and not just within the Auckland area.
This newsletter supersedes our previous communications about the wage subsidy and resurgence payments.
The packages as they currently stand are as follows:
A grant of $1,500 per applicant, plus $400 per full time equivalent (FTE) up to a cap of 50 FTEs (so, a maximum grant of $21,500) is available every time alert levels are changed. Other key criteria are:
The Minister of Finance has announced the two alert level changes (14 February and 28 February) are being treated as separate events. Therefore, a business who suffered the prerequisite decline in revenue between 14 February and 21 February and again since 28 February can apply for two resurgence support payments.
Applications for the first resurgence support payment close on 22 March. Applications for the second resurgence support payment open on 8 March and will close one month after New Zealand returns to Level 1. This application must be done through Inland Revenue, using myIR.
The payment is $585.80 per week for each full time worker and $350 per week for each part time worker. Other key criteria are:
Active measures need to be taken to mitigate the impact of lockdowns as well, and we have encountered situations where applications were queried because active measures (for example, activating a business continuity plan) were not taken.
The payment will be made each fortnight the Level 3 restrictions last. The wage subsidy will be rounded up to the nearest fortnight.
Applications will be open from 1pm on 4 March, with payments due from 8 March. A link for applications is available on the Work and Income New Zealand website (here).
A business meeting the necessary criteria can apply for all the packages; there is no need to pick and choose.
We note the situation is fluid at the moment, and we have been fortunate the government has been quick to assure businesses that support will be available using programmes they are familiar with.
While support is welcome, the differing names and differences in revenue decline between the resurgence support payment and the wage subsidy do not make life simple.
Your Baker Tilly Staples Rodway advisor can assist with the review of calculations or answer any queries you may have.
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