Government Small Business Cashflow Scheme Loan (COVID Loan)

Sep 27, 2021 | Covid Support

Changes to the COVID loan are coming from 21 March 2022:


  • The loan will increase to $20,000 (was $10,000) + $1,800 per full time employee (up to 50)
  • The first 2 years will remain interest free (originally interest would be backdated to draw down if the loan wasn’t repaid within the 2 years)


What is not clear at the date of writing is whether the 2 year interest free period resets with a new drawdown, or if the first $10,000 loan still carries it’s original 2 year date. If they original amount retains it’s original date, most businesses will face interest shortly. To avoid this you do have the option to repay the original loan and then draw down again (you are allowed a total of 2 drawdowns at this stage).

How to apply

To apply for the loan and see your existing balance, login to your myIR account and go to the “I want to” section.

Applications close

Applications are open until 31 December 2023, so you have plenty of time

Repaying the loan

To repay the loan you can make payments in your internet banking. Instead of choosing INC or GST, you can select the small business cashflow scheme instead

Contact Us

For more advice, get in touch with the friendly team at Future Accounting today.

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