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Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) Businesses affected by the alert level increase that started on 17 August are able to apply for a Resurgence Support Payment. Find out more

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Applications for Resurgence Support Payments (RSP) open for eligible businesses and organisations 7 days after an alert level increase. Once applications open, they remain open for 1 month after all of New Zealand returns to alert level 1. 

The number of Resurgence Support Payments (RSP) available

There is no set number of RSPs the Government may make during an alert level increase.

 If more than 1 payment is announced, we'll let you know what date we can accept applications from for those later payment(s). 

When applications open, they will also remain open for 1 month after all of New Zealand returns to alert level 1.

Applications for the 1st payment under the alert level increase announced on 17 August are still open.

 Applications for a 2nd payment under the RSP opened on 17 September.

When you calculate the revenue decline for the 2nd payment period, the affected revenue period starts on 8 September 2021 and ends immediately before all areas of New Zealand return to alert level 1.

Separate applications need to be made for each payment available under the RSP scheme.

Apply in myIR. Once you've logged in, select "Apply for Resurgence Support'' in "I want to...'" and follow the instructions on screen to complete your application, including selecting the payment period you are applying for.

Note: If you are linked as an owner of multiple businesses, you will need to select the account you are applying for first.

Tax agents can apply for the RSP on behalf of their clients, if they confirm they have the authority to apply and hold a record of that authority, this can be done in the tax preparer tab.

It’s important to note that applicant details may be published once approved. This includes the applicant's name, business or organisation name, payment amount and alert level escalation period.

Confirm your eligibility

You'll need to make sure your business or organisation is eligible for the RSP before submitting an application.

Eligibility for the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)

Gather your information

You will need to supply the following information on your application.

New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)

If you’re a registered company you’ll already have one.

You can search for it on the NZBN website

What if you’re self-employed, a partnership or a trust, and you don’t already have an NZBN?

Apply for your NZBN on the NZBN website

There’s no charge for this service.

Most applications will be processed instantly if you can provide either your New Zealand driver licence or passport. If you don’t have either of these, or you’re applying for a partnership or trust, you’ll need to supply some additional information. These applications are processed within 3 working days.

Note: You must use the correct NZBN, For example, Emily is a contractor and works for a taxi company. She is eligible to apply for the RSP but must have her own registered NZBN. She cannot use the taxi company’s NZBN. The NZBN is a globally unique identifier for each New Zealand business. Having an NZBN will speed up your interactions across Government.

NZ Business Number - nzbn.govt.nz

Employee details

If you’ve filed an employment information (EI) in the last 30 days leading up to the application, your employees’ name and IRD number will already be on the application. Otherwise, you’ll need to enter each employee's name, IRD number, and whether they are a full or part time employee.

Bank account

If the bank account number you want the RSP paid into is different to the one we hold, you need to provide the new number with your application. This must be a New Zealand bank account.

Revenue details

You'll need to provide revenue details for the 7-day elevated alert level period and the 7-day comparison period.

Commonly owned group

If you are part of a commonly owned group you’ll need to provide the names and IRD numbers of the other members of the group and the group’s revenue details for the 7-day elevated alert level period and the 7-day comparison period.

Apply in myIR

You need to have a myIR account to apply for the Resurgence Support Payment. If you don't already have a myIR account, you can create one.

Are you a non-individual customer? Please note only 'owners' can create an account for their organisation and apply for the RSP. An owner holds any of the following positions:

  • Company: a director or executive office holder.
  • Trust: a trustee or an executive office holder.
  • Estate: the administrator or executor of the trust or an executive office holder.
  • Partnership: a partner or an executive office holder.
  • School: the principal, chairperson of the school board of trustees or an executive office holder.
  • Body corporate: an executive office holder.
  • Any other non-individual: an executive office holder.

Log into or register for myIR

Once you've logged in, select "Apply for Resurgence Support'' in "I want to...'" and follow the instructions on screen to complete your application.

Note: If you are linked as an owner of multiple businesses, you will need to select the account you are applying for first.

What happens next

Once approved, most applicants will receive their payment in full from us within 5 working days. It will be paid into the bank account supplied or chosen in the application. In some cases we will ask for more information before a decision is made to approve your application

If you made a mistake in your application (for example, missing out an employee or including too many, or incorrectly calculating revenue drop) go to myIR and in "I want to" choose "Send a message". Include as much detail as possible about the change you want (for example, employee's name, IRD number and whether part or full-time).

Last updated: 24 Aug 2021
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