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

Alert level change 23 June - Applications are now open and will close at 11.59pm on 29 July.

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

It’s important to note that applicant details may be published once approved. This includes the applicant 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)

The NZBN is a globally unique identifier for each New Zealand business. When you have one it helps to speed up your interactions across Government.

If you’re a registered company you’ll already have one. You can find it on the NZBN website.

If you’re self-employed, a sole trader, a partnership or a trust, and you don’t already have an NZBN  - apply for yours on the NZBN website. There’s no charge for this service.

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.

NZ Business Number -

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.

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.

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).

My responsibilities

Payments received under the RSP are not subject to income tax. Expenditure funded by payments under the RSP is not deductible.

GST-registered businesses will return GST on payments received under the RSP. These businesses will be able to claim input tax deductions for expenditure funded by payments under the RSP.

The payment must be used to cover business expenses such as wages and fixed costs.