Check out this list of useful links for businesses to help you find information during lockdown.
Check back soon as we will update regularly.
- Inland Revenue has released the following message for businesses.
“If your business is unable to pay its taxes on time due to the impact of COVID-19, we understand, you don’t need to contact us right now. Get in touch with us when you can, and we’ll write-off any penalties and interest.”
- Covid 19 Employer Support and Tax changes
COVID-19 employer support
https://workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#nullUrgent tax measures for economic recovery
- Continuity Business Plan
A business continuity plan will help you create systems of prevention and recovery to help deal with threats such as Covid-19. Click on the link below to use this guide provided by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce to enable ongoing operations during times of disaster recovery. Download our free template here.
- Leave entitlements Not sure what you can and cant do? Make sure you check out the Employer support page from Work and Income for everything you need to know. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html
- New Zealand Inland Revenue releases criteria for the new Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme
From Tuesday 12 May New Zealand businesses can apply for the Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme (SBCS) from the Inland Revenue. In summary, the SBCS is a further government scheme in response to COVID-19 aimed at providing small businesses loans of up to NZD100,000 immediately. Read more
- Ministry for Social Development
MSD are the sole agency responsible for paying the wage subsidy and all superannuation and job seeker benefits.
– For general enquiries call 0800 559 009
– To contact the Ministry with wage subsidy queries, the number is 0800 40 80 40.
– If you are a superannuitant and require extra financial assistance at this difficult time, please call MSD on 0800 552 002.
- Legal issues around employment contracts and Covid-19
Contact your local Community Law centre for advice with employment contracts. In the Tauranga area it’s Baywide Community Law.
Here and here are some questions and answers on the subject of jobs at this time.
To access the wage subsidy employers must sign this declaration.
- Ministry of Health Covid-19 Resources
Healthline 0800 358 5453
Bay of Plenty DHB updates and information.
- Mental Health Helpline
Call or text 1737 any time of the day or night.
- Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Hotline for the vulnerable
For Bay of Plenty people struggling to get food, groceries, medication or other household goods and services. It is not intended to replace other support numbers. This free phone number is manned 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. 0800 884 222.
- We Care
wecare.kiwi is for people living on their own or caring for others during the pandemic and offers a helping hand and a listening ear during the current Level 4 lockdown period, and will provide practical supports once New Zealand returns to alert Levels 2 and 3.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Advice for New Zealanders overseas.
- The COVID-19 wage subsidy scheme has been modified. This is to help businesses that need to shut down under Alert Level 4 pay workers for an extended period of time.
- New legislation is underway to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable. Companies Office has more information about the changes.
- The Government has launched a Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses, to protect jobs and support the economy. The Crown, in partnership with participating approved banks, will support targeted new loans (including increases to existing limits) to eligible businesses, as a response to difficulties caused by COVID-19
- Economic Scenarios from the Treasury
The Treasury released economic scenarios showing the potential impact of coronavirus on unemployment, GDP and the ability for the economy to recover this morning https://treasury.govt.nz/information-and-services/nz-economy/covid-19-economic-response
- Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/covid19-government-moving-quickly-roll-out-learning-home
- Up to date Information for Businesses by MBIE
Information for employees and employers, small business, landlords and tenants and more
- A full breakdown of Alert Level 3, including travel, recreation, social interaction and schooling can be found here.
- Need to get digital? Chamber member Zeald is offering free eCommerce website builds for SMEs. Find out more HERE or read more about the eCommerce movement HERE.
- New Tax Support
On April 15, the Government announced additional support for small to medium businesses. This includes greater flexibility for taxpayers in respect to tax deadlines, changes to the tax loss continuity rules and a tax loss carry-back scheme.
Click here to visit IRD.govt.nz to find out more about the tax proposals and what it means for small to medium businesses.
- Commercial Leases and Mortgages
Government is working to put in place some temporary law changes to support commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19. These changes aim to make it easier to retain lease arrangements and get back to business as usual.
More information can be found here on the Ministry of Justice website.
- ACC to delay invoicing
Today ACC announced they will give firms more time and flexibility in making their levy payments this year. Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually be sent from 1 July 2020 but will now be issued in October 2020. Other invoices issued throughout the year will also be on hold for three months. Payment options will be available once invoices are released. The changes add to the support ACC already has in place, for more see the ACC COVID-19 information for businesses page.
- Treasury Weekly Economic Dashboard
Treasury today has released its first COVID-19 Economic Dashboard, with a range of data to monitor the economy is doing with COVID-19. The Dashboard will be released every Friday – find it here.
- ABC Waikato Offers FREE Service for All Business Owners Affected by Covid19
ABC Business Sales have announced that they are opening their doors and phone lines free of charge to any business owner requiring business advice in the following areas:
- Cashflow management/forecasting (Excel forecast templates provided)
- How to effectively communicate with your bank and what documents they will need (checklist will be provided)
- Details on what government subsidy is available for your business
- Business valuations/appraisals Pre-Covid19 and Post-Covid19
- Exit strategies for your business and what is required to maximize value in this new environment
Their Waikato based team is a made up of experienced bankers, accountants, business owners and industry specialists across a range of sectors. The time to act is now – they have a number of resources, and templates available free of charge to help you get on the right track during the covid-19 lockdown period.
Get in touch with one of their specialist brokers today: Greg (027 2930377) or Scott (027 4735425) or call 0800 180 222
- Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels
New guidance has been released about workplace activities at different alert levels. Information addresses some frequently asked questions as well as examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses.
- CONTACT TRACING
If you need to digitise your contact tracing processes for ease and efficiency, there’s some great free options out there, including the Government’s recently released NZ COVID Tracer. Check out some options below, including a couple from our members, and ditch the paper trail.
- Up Again: Your weekly New Zealand Covis-19 update.
Here’s your weekly round-up of our latest New Zealand updates from Up Again, a campaign to help clients get back to business after the disruption from coronavirus. Visit the New Zealand Up Again page for more guidance and up-to-date FAQ on topics including people, premises, suppliers, privacy, governance and government measures.