Repaying the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

Find out when you need to repay the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment and how to repay it.

When you need to repay the Short-term Absence Payment

You need to repay the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment if:

  • you made an incorrect application
  • you no longer meet the criteria for the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment as at the time of your application
  • you provided false or misleading information in your application.

How to repay the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment

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.