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Service changes and updates IR offices, myIR and phone lines (SPK2IR) are unavailable until the morning of Thursday 28 October for planned system maintenance. Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) You will not be able to apply for the RSP in myIR until the morning of Thursday 28 October. Businesses affected by the alert level increase that started on 17 August can apply in myIR from 28 October. Applications for a 4th payment round are planned to open on 29 October. Find out more

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) The government has announced an increase to the amount and frequency of the RSP from 12 November. Find out more

Qualifying companies have tax rules that aim to treat the company and its shareholders as one entity.

You cannot choose for your company to become a qualifying company. Only companies that were already qualifying companies before their income year started on or after 1 April 2011 can still be qualifying companies.

Qualifying companies have certain special tax requirements:

  • Shareholders only pay tax on dividends with imputation credits attached.
  • Capital gains can be distributed tax free without winding up the company.
  • Interest that shareholders have paid to acquire shares cannot be fully claimed as an expense against their income.
  • Qualifying companies that make a profit can only receive a loss offset from and make a subvention payment to another qualifying company.
Last updated: 28 Apr 2021
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