Covid 19 Updates

2 April 2020:

Income tax and wage subsidy: Please note that the tax-free treatment in respect of employers who receive the wage subsidy for their employees does not apply to self-employed people who receive the subsidy for their personal loss of income.  

More information: 

25 March 2020:

The government wage subsidy is available to everyone who will see a reduction in turnover of at least 30% (or can reasonably predict a reduction). This also applies for sole traders not registered for GST and under the 60k bracket for GST.

If you work part time, select "under 20 hours", if you work full time, select "over 20 hours".

You will, however, need to have your books done every year and know your income.

If you have any doubts, please contact Work and Income directly on 0800 40 80 40.

24 March 2020:

Interpreters in essential services:

Interpreters working in essential services, e.g. hospitals and courts and generally the public sector, will still be called upon. The most important thing is to minimize contact between people in person. Video or telephone interpreting might therefore be preferred. Whether interpreting is considered essential or not depends on the service requesting the interpretation. If this service is essential, so is the interpreter’s work. Example: Patients in hospital who would normally require an interpreter will still have the right to an interpreter.

23 March 2020:

Please see the joint statement from NZSTI and SLIANZ from 17 March in which we asked the New Zealand government to include self-employed translators and interpreters in the COVID-19 relief package.

We are pleased to see that self-employed people and sole traders have been included in the relief package. We will keep a close eye on the developments and update our membership with new details regarding developments that affect our profession.

We want to make sure that vulnerable communities in New Zealand, like refugees, the deaf community, immigrants, and others, will have full access to interpreting and translation services throughout this crisis and will take further action if required.

To apply for financial support if you are self-employed:

General information about available support:

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