COVID-19: Wage subsidy extension eligibility tool

Use this tool to better understand your eligibility and how to apply for the COVID-19 wage subsidy extension scheme.

A wage subsidy extension became available on 10 June 2020. Applications close 1 September 2020 at 11.59pm.

Work and Income has more information on the wage subsidy extension.

COVID-19 wage subsidy extension (external link) — Work and Income

You can apply for the wage subsidy extension if your business or you, as a contractor or sole trader, has experienced a continued loss of income due to COVID-19. This subsidy is open to all businesses, all sectors and all regions and it's intended to help you pay your staff or yourself, as a contractor.

This tool helps you to check your eligibility for the wage subsidy extension, which requires at least a 40% decline in revenue for a 30-day period in the 40 days before you apply. Where possible, your decline in revenue should be compared to the closest period last year. High-growth firms or those operating for less than a year are able to use different comparison periods. The original wage subsidy expires 12 weeks from when you submitted your application. Eligible employers will need to apply for the wage subsidy extension through Work and Income once their original 12-week subsidy has come to an end. Applications close at 11.59pm on 1 September 2020.

Note: If you receive the wage subsidy and/or wage subsidy extension, it’s important that you submit to Inland Revenue:

  • Employer Information forms declaring the total wage payments (the subsidy plus employer-funded pay) and
  • Relevant PAYE and other deductions. 

Wage subsidies (external link) — Inland Revenue


Who can get the Wage Subsidy Extension (external link) – Work and Income

Step One. Have you already applied for the wage subsidy scheme?

Note: If you have submitted an application but are still awaiting payment please select Yes.

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