Fifth COVID-19 Wage Subsidy payment is open for applications

15 October 2021.

Applications for the fifth COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 are now open. You can apply between 9am, Friday 15 October and 11.59pm on Thursday 28 October.

Applying for Wage Subsidy August 2021 #5

Applications for the fourth COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 closed at 11.59 Thursday 14 October 2021.

  • Businesses that applied for Wage Subsidy #4 and who meet all the eligibility criteria for Wage Subsidy #5, can apply for another wage subsidy payment two weeks after their previous application. For example, if someone applied for Wage Subsidy #4 on 14 October, they could apply for Wage Subsidy #5 on 28 October. Early applications can't be accepted, as each payment is for two weeks.
  • We will email businesses who have received Wage Subsidy #4 to let them know when they can apply for Wage Subsidy #5.
  • Businesses that didn't apply for Wage Subsidy #4 are welcome to apply for Wage Subsidy #5 from 15 October, providing they meet all the eligibility criteria.

Revenue decline for Wage Subsidy #5

  • Regardless of where in the country you are, or what alert level your area is currently in, you can apply for the Wage Subsidy #5 if your 40% revenue decline is due to the effect of Alert Levels 3 or 4 from 17 August 2021, and you meet the other eligibility criteria.
  • If there is a change in your area from Alert Level 3 or 4 to Alert Level 2, or from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 or 4, you may attribute your revenue decline to the effect that any combination of Alert Levels 4, 3, and 2 has had on your business, but not to the effect of Alert Level 2 alone.

Help us process your application quickly

It's important the information you provide in your application matches information held by Inland Revenue. Where the information doesn't match, your application may be delayed.