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Resurgence Support Payments (RSPs) Resurgence Support Payment (RSPs) – Applications have opened for a 6th RSP payment. Applications for the first 3 payments close at midnight on 1 December. Find out more

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations which have experienced a 30% drop in revenue due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher.   If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in revenue due to an alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP.

Three RSP payments are still available for the period which began 17 August 2021. You can apply for all the RSP payments, but you are only entitled to 1 RSP for each of the affected revenue periods.

Each RSP payment has an affected revenue period

The first 3 affected revenue periods have now closed for application.

The affected revenue periods for payments 4, 5 and 6 are:

  • 4th RSP – 22 October 2021 to 1 December 2021.
  • 5th RSP – 5 November 2021 to 1 December 2021 (payment at an increased rate).
  • 6th RSP  - 19 November 2021 to 1 December 2021 (payment at the increased rate).

For each of the 4th, 5th, and 6th RSPs, the affected revenue period ended on the close of the day before any area of New Zealand moves to the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Applications for the 4th, 5th and 6th payments will close at midnight on 13 January 2022.

Calculating drop in revenue due to increase in alert levels

Find out about the maximum amounts for all RSP activations.

Maximum size of Resurgence Support Payments

Find out about the Covid-19 Protection Framework

Receiving payments and tax obligations

The Terms and Conditions you will agree to when you apply for the RSP state what it can and cannot be spent on.  The payment must be used to cover business expenses.  

Income tax and expenses

RSP payments do not get included in your income tax return if they are used for business expenses. You also will not be entitled to claim a deduction for these expenses at the end of the tax year.

If you're registered for GST

If you're a GST-registered businesses, you will have to return GST to us on the RSP payment(s). You can also claim GST for items you paid for out of the payments you got under the RSP.

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Resurgence support payment calculator

Use this calculator to estimate the amount of Resurgence Support Payment you may be entitled to if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Go to this tool

You can search for businesses and organisations who received the Resurgence Support Payment.

Resurgence Support Payment recipient search

Wage Subsidy August 2021

This subsidy is also available to support employers throughout New Zealand, so they can continue to pay employees and protect jobs for businesses affected by the move to Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021. The wage subsidy is available to eligible firms at the same time as the Resurgence Support Payment.

Apply for the wage subsidy through the Ministry of Social Development.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy - Work and Income


Last updated: 24 Aug 2021
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