Check out this list of useful links for businesses. Check back soon as we update this information 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
- Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
- 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.
- New legislation is underway to help companies facing insolvency
Due to COVID-19 to remain viable. Companies Office has more information about the changes. https://www.business.govt.nz/news/covid-19-latest-news-and-updates/
- 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. https://waikatochamber.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3069ddbdfdc935196b0420b7f&id=2f84907bde&e=ee763c6a44
- 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
- Up to date Information for Businesses by MBIE
Information for employees and employers, small business, landlords and tenants and more
- 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.
- Apprenticeship Support Programme
The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. The Group Training Schemes which some employers are part of will also receive additional support. This will be available from August 2020. Click here to read more.
- Get your official QR posters from the Ministry of Health
- New income relief payment if your business is no longer viable due to Covid-19
- Treasury’s weekly updates
- MSD’s weekly welfare statistics
- Statistics NZ’s tool
- Online platform to encourage Transtasman Trade
The Auckland Business Chamber and Australian Business Chambers have teamed up to offer businesses on both sides of the Tasman a gateway into doing business with a fellow trusted Chamber qualified business.
Join TransTasmanTrade.com and find a Chamber qualified business from both sides of the Tasman. You’ll also have Chamber support and expertise to help your business grow in these markets.
Please note, this service is free for the first 12 months before the paid subscription starts.
- Assistance with cashflow forecasting
With business.govt.nz’s online cashflow forecasting tool
- The Government has announced short-term changes for visas to support temporary migrants and their employers