We’ve collected some of the most important information for businesses regarding COVID-19 here. Feel free to bookmark this page as we will add information here as it comes to hand.
Business & human resources
Business information (business.govt.nz): the government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses.
Operating your business at Alert Levels 1-4: frequently asked questions about each alert level as well as examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses.
Business at Alert Level 3 (covid19.govt.nz): many businesses can start to open under Alert Level 3. They must take health measures to keep their workers safe.
Fully funded business support through Regional Business Partner Network: funding for businesses to access one-on-one support with professionals for business continuity planning, cashflow forecasting and more. Read more about this in our blog.
Business Continuity Hub (Xero): information on business continuity planning, cashflow tracking, looking after yourself and your team.
COVID-19 and the workplace (employment.govt.nz): guidance for employees, employers and businesses, and financial support.
Running your business remotely (Xero): articles, online course and webinars to enable you and your employees to continue to work effectively online.
Register your employment issue: Together, the online campaigning arm of the New Zealand Union movement, recommends that employees who have been treated unlawfully register their experience so that it can be followed up.
Information for landlords (tenancy.govt.nz): information about law changes and what to in certain situations, eg, tenants having trouble paying rent.
How to account for the wage subsidy (Xero): Covid 19 wage subsidy scheme – simplified and how to set it up in Xero.
Wage subsidy FAQs: your questions answered on eligiblity, how to apply and employer obligations
Wage subsidy employer search (IRD): you can search here for companies that have received payments under the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme
Tax/insolvency relief and financial support
Temporary loss carry-back scheme (IRD): businesses expecting to make a loss in either the 2019/20 year or the 2020/21 year would be able to estimate the loss and use it to offset profits in the past year. In other words, they could carry the loss back one year.
Managing your taxes (IRD): tax relief may be available to people and businesses affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19. Inland Revenue will write-off any penalties and interest for businesses unable to pay taxes on time due to the impact of COVID-19. Get in touch with them (or us) as soon as you can.
Other tax relief includes certificates of exemption for schedular payments, changes to provisional tax and depreciation, and more.
Insolvency relief (Companies Office): the Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help businesses facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable, with the aim of keeping New Zealanders in jobs.
Business finance support and mortgage holidays (business.govt.nz): the Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank announced a major financial support package for businesses and home owners
Beehive press releases