Repaying the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Find out when you need to repay the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme and how to repay it.

When you need to repay the Leave Support

You need to repay the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme if:

  • you no longer meet the criteria for the Leave Support Scheme as at the time of your application
  • you're not meeting your obligation to use the Leave Support Scheme to retain and pay your employees, or
  • you provided false or misleading information in your application.

You also need to repay it if:

  • your employee no longer meets the criteria and returns to work before the 2 week period is finished and you don't need the money designated for them to pay other employees
  • your employee voluntarily resigns and you can't use the money designated for them to pay other employees
  • your employee has been made redundant (you need to repay the remaining amount after you've paid their wage to them)
  • your business has closed
  • you've applied for the wrong payment rate (eg, you applied for the full-time rate when you only need the part-time rate).

How to repay the Leave Support

You can fill out the online form. You'll need your:

  • business name
  • IRD number
  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN), if you have one
  • phone number
  • email address
  • postal address.

You'll also need to tell us:

  • the amount you need to refund
  • why you want to refund it.

Once we process the form, we'll be in touch to confirm how to make the repayment.

If you have any questions, you can call us on 0800 80 40 80