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Service changes and updates myIR and phone lines (SPK2IR) will be unavailable from 3pm Thursday 21 October to the morning of Thursday 28 October for planned system maintenance. GST, Working for families, Paid Parental Leave customers and those filing by software will also be affected. Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) Businesses affected by the alert level increase that started on 17 August can apply for a Resurgence Support Payment. Applications for the 3rd payment opened on 8 October. There has also been a change that affects some Commonly Owned Groups Find out more

Financial support is available to businesses, employers and self-employed workers. The type of support you can get depends on the circumstances.

The following support payments are all available through Work and Income.

COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available to employers for employees, and self-employed workers, who:

  • need to miss work to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result, and
  • cannot work from home.

Parents and caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents awaiting a test result are also eligible.

Work and Income - COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

Short-Term Absence Payment and taxes

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers for employees, and self-employed workers, who:

  • have been told to self-isolate by a doctor or health official, and
  • cannot work from home.

Parents and caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents who have been told to self-isolate are also eligible.

Work and Income - COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is only available if there is an escalation to Alert Levels 3 or 4 anywhere in New Zealand for 7 days or more.

The subsidy is available to businesses, employers and self-employed workers who have experienced a decline in revenue due to the restrictions of Alert Levels 3 and 4.

Work and Income – COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

COVID-19 Wage subsidy - Issues for employers

COVID-19 Wage subsidy - Issues for self-employed

Last updated: 25 Jun 2021
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