Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to the COVID-19

IRD has a range of ways to help depending on your circumstances.


Provisional tax estimates

You may be able to make an estimate or re-estimate of provisional tax, if your circumstances have changed due to the COVID-19. IRD can arrange early refunds if provisional tax has been overpaid.


Unable to pay your tax

If you're having difficulty paying outstanding tax, IRD can help you set up an instalment arrangement. You can apply in myIR. You can also apply for a write-off due to serious hardship when you know you won't be able to pay the full amount.

If IRD grant relief from payment due to hardship and you have losses to carry forward, these losses will be reduced in proportion to the amount written off.


Late filing and late payment

Extensions to filing dates for some income tax returns may be available. Extensions can't be granted for GST and PAYE returns, but any penalties for late filing may be remitted. Under limited circumstances penalties for late payments incurred due to the effects of the COVID-19 may also be remitted.

If you're currently involved in contract work where scheduler payments are to be deducted, such as forestry or bush work of all kinds, fishing boat work for profit-share, you may be entitled to a certificate of exemption.


Tailored tax codes

You may be entitled to a tailored tax code if you're receiving a salary or wage and have a loss to carry forward. A certificate will be issued to you with a reduced tax rate.


Child support

If you have trouble making child support payments by due dates you should call us. It may be appropriate to re-estimate your income and reduce the assessment.


Working for Families Tax Credits

Working for Families Tax Credits entitlements are based on your yearly family income. If your family income changes, your entitlement may change.

If your yearly family income decreases you may be entitled to increased payments, or you may be able to increase the frequency of your payments.

If you or your Business is affected by the Coronavirus which makes it difficult to meet your tax obligations - give us a call at KTS or go to IRD Tax relief for more information.