COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #5 application for employers

Before you apply for the fifth Wage Subsidy August 2021, we need you to check a few things.

Important information

If you've already applied for a previous COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payments, you need to wait until two weeks after you applied before you can apply for the new Wage Subsidy #5, even if you haven't received a payment yet.

If you apply earlier than this, your application for the new payment will be declined.

Before you apply, make sure:

  • your business details match those held by Inland Revenue, especially your business IRD number
  • you're applying at least two weeks after you applied for the previous COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021, if you applied for this
  • you've checked the criteria on the 'Who can get a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021' page and you're eligible for this payment
  • you're not currently getting any other COVID-19 wage subsidies, the Leave Support Scheme or Short-Term Absence Payment for the employees you're applying for
  • you know whether your employees are working 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week (this is their "employment type")
  • you've read the declaration and understand your obligations for this payment.
  • the information you've got for your employees is correct, you've told our employees you're applying for them, and you have their consent to share their information.

You can apply for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #5 even if you didn’t apply for the previous Wage Subsidy August 2021 #4.

When you apply you’ll need to give us your:

  • business IRD number (this could include your partnership IRD number or company IRD number)
  • IRD customer name (this is the name that's linked to your business IRD number)
  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) if you have one, this is optional
  • business address
  • contact name, email address and mobile number
  • bank account number
  • employee details (include full-time and part-time employees in the same application):
    • name
    • date of birth
    • IRD number
    • employment type (whether they're working 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week).

You don’t need a client number to apply for a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021.

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