Additional Resurgence Support Payments to support business

Businesses affected by higher Alert Levels will be able to apply for further Resurgence Support Payments.

The Government’s Resurgence Support Payment was initially intended as a one-off payment to help businesses with their fixed costs, such as rent. Ministers have agreed to provide additional payments to recognise the effects of an extended period of Alert Level restrictions.

This will provide cashflow to businesses and support them in meeting their ongoing obligations as we come down Alert Levels and while Auckland remains at higher Alert Levels than the rest of the country.

When applications open

Applications for the next Resurgence Support Payment will open on Friday 17 September. Ministers have agreed that there will be another 2 payments after that, 3 weeks apart, so long as the conditions that trigger the Resurgence Support Payment apply.

Inland Revenue encourages those applying to ensure the accuracy of the information they provide, as if it is not correct that will delay processing.

Businesses can apply for the payment by logging into their MyIR account. Further information can be found on the Inland Revenue website.

The scheme will be available until all of New Zealand returns to Alert Level 1 for 1 month.

Eligibility criteria

The payment and eligibility criteria to qualify for the Resurgence Support Payment remain the same, including that those applying must experience at least a 30% decline in revenue over 7 days (for this payment commencing 8 September) as a result of being at Alert Level 2 or higher.

How much you could get

The payment includes a core per business rate of $1,500, plus $400 per employee, up to a total of 50 full-time equivalents (FTEs) which is a maximum payment of $21,500. Businesses with more than 50 FTEs can still apply but cannot get more than the maximum payment.