Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme changes

Today the Government announced the following changes will be made to the Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme:

• Currently no interest is charged if the loan is repaid within one year. This will be increased to two years.

• Currently the loan can only be used for core operating costs.

This will be broadened so that the loan can be used, for example, on capital expenditure. In addition applications for the loan can now be made until 31 December 2023, an extension of three years.

These changes will be made by Inland Revenue unilaterally changing the terms and conditions of new and existing loan contracts. We don't yet have a date when this will happen, but it will be by 31 December 2020, and we'll keep you informed.

At this stage, all other aspects of the loan scheme remain in place, including:

• It is for businesses with 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees.

• They must have been in business on 1 April 2020 and have experienced a 30% decline in revenue as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

• The maximum amount that can be borrowed is $10,000 plus $1,800 per fulltime-equivalent employee and only one amount can be drawn down.

• The loan period is for five years and interest rate is 3% from the date of the loan being provided.

The Government has asked for advice on some of these existing aspects of the loan scheme, so further changes may happen at a later stage.

If you have any questions about the above changes and how it may impact your business please contact your business adviser on 03 474 0475.

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