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Resurgence Support Payment Round 2


The Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, announced on 10 September 2021 that a second round of the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) will be made available to businesses impacted by the current alert level increase, with potentially a further 2 payments being available if the current situation is ongoing. 


Eligible businesses will need to show that they have had a minimum of a 30% drop in revenue for a 7-day period from 8 September 2021 compared to a typical 7-day period in the 6 weeks prior to 17 August 2021. 


Applications will open on 17 September 2021 on the IRD's website.  Businesses will be able to apply for this round of the RSP even if they received the previous payment and applications will remain open until 1 month after the whole of New Zealand returns to Alert level 1. 


The payment is made up of $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employees including shareholder employees to a maximum of $21,500, or four times the actual revenue decline experienced by the business, whichever is lower. 


If you would like further information or would like us to apply for the RSP on your behalf, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the team.

Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Round 2

Applications for the second round of the Covid-19 wage subsidy are now open.  If you applied for the first round of the wage subsidy, you will need to wait until two weeks after you applied for the first subsidy before making your application for the second round. 


The second round of the wage subsidy is the same as the first.  To be eligible your business will need to show it has had or expects to have a drop in revenue of at least 40% due over a period of 14 consecutive days between 31 August 2021 and 13 September 2021 inclusive (this is the revenue test period), compared to a typical 14 consecutive days of revenue in the six weeks immediately before to the move to Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021. 

Payments will cover a two week period at the rate of $600 a week per full-time employee or $359 a week per part-time employee.  The payments will be made as a lump sum into your nominated bank account. 


Resurgence Support Payment

If you have not already applied for the resurgence support payment applications are still open.  This payment is a one-off support payment available when the Government raises the alert level from level 1 for more than a 7 day period, at the Governments discretion.  For more information, see our previous newsletter here.


If you would like more information on the above or would like assistance with your application, please be in touch with the team at Stewart & Co. 

With Auckland staying at Level 4 for another 2 weeks and Level 3 for most of the remainder of the country, we continue to be available to help you through any financial difficulties you might be experiencing, as well as providing our normal services.  Please see below for further information on the financial support available in relation to Covid-19.

Covid-19 Wage Subsidy First Round Applications Closing Soon

Applications will close for the first round of the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy for August 2021 on 2 September 2021. This covers the first 2 weeks of New Zealand being at Alert Level 4 from 17 August 2021.

If you have not applied for the wage subsidy already for this period and believe you are eligible, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out. If you would like assistance with your application or would like us to process your application for you, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Applications will open for a second round of the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy for September 2021 on 3 September 2021.

As with previous subsidies, applications are open to both self-employed as well as employers.


What is the Wage Subsidy?
The Covid-19 wage subsidy is a payment available to qualifying business which have had (or expect to have) a 40% drop in revenue due to the change in alert level. It comprises of $600 per week for full-time employees and $359 per week for part-time employees. It must be used to pay employee wages.

What is the Resurgence Support Payment
The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment available to business which can show a 30% reduction in revenue due to the change in alert level. The payment is $1,500 (or 4x your weekly income, whichever is lower) per business plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee. It is to be used to cover general running costs of the business. The RSP is a one-off payment available for the period we are at alert level 3 or higher.

Can I apply for both the Wage Subsidy and RSP?
YES. You can apply for the both the Covid-19 wage subsidy and the Resurgence Support Payment.

Do I need to declare this as income?
While the IRD and WINZ websites say that this is non-taxable income, they also state that the expenses that the payments offset are non-deductible. The easiest way to ensure you are returning this correctly is to show the expenses paid in full and the payments received as income. This will also give you a correct comparison for future years of what the expenses and income were for this period.

What about GST?
There is no GST included on the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy as this is to offset wages.
There is GST included on the Resurgence Support Payment as this is to offset general business running expenses. If you are GST registered you should include the RSP as income in your next GST return.

For additional information on the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Payments click here
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