BRIEFLY 16 Jul 2020

Income relief

If you have lost your job or your business has failed due to Covid-19, you can apply online to Work and Income for relief payments of $490 per week for 12 weeks if you were working 30 hours or more per week and $250 per week if you were previously working 15 to 29 hours a week. You can get more details about the scheme by going to Income Relief Payment on the Work and Income website. Applications for this relief close on 30 November 2020.


Wages subsidy

If your sales/revenue has declined by 40 percent for a continuous 30-day period, you may qualify for the Wages Subsidy Extension, which is administered by Work and Income. This scheme is for those who are still significantly affected by Covid-19. The way the scheme works is a little tricky and you should look at the detail. Businesses operating for less than a year can also apply. Applications under this scheme opened on 10 June 2020 and run to 1 September 2020.


Can’t pay tax?

If you have not paid tax, which was due on or after 14 February 2020, and this has been significantly due to Covid-19, the tax department will look kindly at cancelling both interest and penalties on late payments. In fact, you only have to ask and provide a time frame over which it will be paid.


ACC comes to party

ACC is delaying its invoicing from 1 July 2020 until October.

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