We appreciate this is a very stressful time for many of you as you adapt your business and family life through changing circumstances and restrictions.

Russell, Rodney, Fono and the Robertson Bixley team are here to support you and your business through this time.

This page will be kept up to date with the latest information on our operations and the COVID-19 support available for businesses.

All services are still available

Under Alert Levels 3 and 4 we will continue to work remotely and will be conducting all meetings via Zoom calls. For step by step zoom instructions click here.

Our team is online and working so please get in touch with your Robertson Bixley advisor or email reception@robbix.co.nz if you require any assistance.

The difference between the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support

As a business you can apply for and receive both payments if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme helps eligible businesses to pay wages.

The Resurgence Support Payment can help eligible businesses with expenses like rent.

Unfortunately, there appears to be no consistency to when the subsidies are processed.

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) - Fourth and Fifth Round

The Government has announced that some businesses will be able to claim a fourth & fifth fortnightly round of wage subsidies

The subsidies are available to any businesses that can show a 40% or more decline in revenue (between the comparative periods) as a result of alert levels 3 setting anywhere in the country may be eligible.

Applications for the fourth round of wage subsidy will be close at 11.59pm on 14 October 2021.  Applications for a fifth round Wage Subsidy will open at 9am on Friday 15 October, and will be open for two weeks.  To apply for the Wage Subsidy click here.

Eligibility is not determined by the alert level your business is at, but rather a drop in revenue caused by any part of the country being at alert level 3 or 4.

Businesses will be eligible for $600 per week per full-time equivalent employee (20 hours a week or more), and $359 per week per part-time employee (less than 20 hours a week).

The Wage Subsidy will be paid as a two-week lump sum.

Please note, you don’t need to have a NZBN number to complete the application.

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) Update

The Minister of Finance has announced a Third payment of the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) for the alert level increase that started on 17 August.

The announcement states eligible businesses or oragnisations will need to show a 30% or more decline in revenue in a 7-day period from 1 October until immediately before all of NZ returns to Alert Level 1 compared to a typical 7-day period in the 6 weeks before 17 August.

The payment will stay as $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee up to a maximum of 50 FTEs, or four times the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant, whichever is less.

Applications will open for the third payment on Friday, 8 October on Inland Revenue’s website, www.ird.govt.nz.

Businesses and organisations can apply for the third payment even if they have received the first and second payment.

Applications for payments will remain open until 1 month after the whole of New Zealand returns to Alert Level 1.

Reminder: The eligibility criteria also changed for newer businesses on 9 September 2021. More info: Eligibility for the Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)

When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum or 50 FTEs
  • Four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant.

You can apply for this through your MyIR account on the IRD website.

Leave Support Scheme - LSS

Provides a two-week lumps sum payment of either $600 per week for full-time workers, or $359 per week for part-time workers, who must self-isolate and cannot work from home.

Short-Term Absence Payment - STAP

A one-off (once per 30 days) $359 payment for workers who must miss work due to a Covid-19 test and cannot work from home.