Covid-19 Support Payment - CSP


What is this payment?

This payment is designed to support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations which have experienced a 40% or more drop in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Three fortnightly payments are available.

  1. Applications for the first payment are open for the period beginning 16 February 2022 and ending 4 April 2022.
  2. Applications for the second payment are open for the period beginning 7 March 2022 and ending 4 April 2022.
  3. Applications for the third payment will open at 8am on 28 March 2022 for the period beginning 21 March 2022 and ending 4 April 2022.

Applications for all 3 Covid-19 Support Payments close on 5 May 2022.

How much money can I get?

Eligible businesses will be entitled to a payment of $4,000, plus $400 per full-time equivalent worker (up to 50 FTEs), each fortnight for six weeks.

The maximum entitlement will therefore be $72,000, or $24,000 per payment for an employer with 50 or more employees.

If you are self-employed with no staff the maximum entitlement will be $13,200, or $4,400 per payment.

How can I work out if I am eligible to receive this payment?

The affected revenue periods for each CSP payment are as follows:

To work out a drop in revenue, you compare the revenue in an affected revenue period to the revenue earned in the comparison period.

The comparison period is a typical 7-day revenue period in the 6 weeks between 5 January 2022 and 15 February 2022. Alternatively, you can use a typical 7-day revenue period in the 6 weeks between 5 January 2021 and 15 February 2021.  

If you have trouble working out if you are eligible, use the Covid-19 Support Payment calculator on this link to help guide you.

https://www.ird.govt.nz/covid-19/business-and-organisations/covid-19-support-payment

What happens if my business is seasonal?

Businesses or organisations with highly seasonal revenue must meet the drop in revenue test set out above. However, you may select a 7-day comparison period which is before 5 January 2022, and may be from a past year, which reflects your typical revenue. For these purposes you should select a 7-day comparison period that is in a similar point in your revenue earning cycle as the 7-day affected revenue period, so you're comparing similar periods for the purposes of the revenue decline test.

How do I apply?
  1. Log in to your MyIR account
  2. Click “I want to…”
  3. Go down to “COVID-19 Support”
  4. Click “Apply for COVID-19 Support”
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the application.
I’m unsure if I will be eligible, what should I do?


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