How to Pay your staff during the Lock-down

On the eve of our ‘lockdown’ period, many of you are wondering about the way the wage subsidy will work when you must endeavor to keep your employees with a minimum of 80% of normal pay.

The fact is that some employees cannot work from home, but you must pay them 80% of their usual pay – the whole idea of the government subsidy is to keep people earning – to pay their normal expenses.

As an employer, you must find the top-up amount for the wages subsidy to keep that 80% figure (100% or 90% would be better) but 80% is the amount.

Things to remember – the top-up amount is claimable for tax, the wage subsidy is non-taxable, no need to pay tax on it – it is not claimable. The amount is a gross amount and PAYE and all deductions have to be made.

Wage subsidies are: Full time $585  Part time $350

Apply for it, receive it and pay 80% of wages to your employees for 12 weeks 


To work out the amount of ‘top-up’ funds you will need over the 12-week period, click on the calculator link here:

Accounting for wages using the subsidy payments

  • Our advice is to pay your employees as usual through your payroll software
  • We will apportion this later and code it correctly
  • Put the amounts that you receive into your suspense account

If we are not doing your accounts – ask your accountant to journal the total amount of subsidy out of your wages and salary account or come back to us with a query.

How to fund the ‘top-up’ payments

(Suggestions not advice)

  • Pay if you have the money in hand.
  • You could elect not to pay your provisional tax, PAYE and GST  although it would be best to pay it.Employees are your priority
  • There is a Government-backed loan available up to $500,000 if your turnover is over $250,000
  • A 6-month mortgage holiday is available.
  • More assistance and advice will be available shortly – we will keep you up to date on the website


Email if you need any help


Here is a short video explaining how the above would work:

bard video

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