Businesses told to register now – or else

Friday April 24, 2020 Written by Published in Local

Even businesses who do not qualify for government’s wage subsidy or grants are advised to register with the responsible agencies, in case they need to claim assistance in the future.

The Private Sector Taskforce is urging businesses to register with the Revenue Management Division and Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund before April 30 cut-off, to keep their options open.

Government has set the cut-off date for people to register on its system administering the wage subsidy and business grants.

Fletcher Melvin, the chair of the Private Sector Taskforce, said all business owners and employers must register now to keep their options open for the future.

“Even if you don’t qualify right now for the wage subsidy or a business grant, you still need to be on the system by the end of this month to ensure you’re eligible in coming weeks and months,” Melvin said.

“Think of it as necessary advance admin. Keep your options open: register now.”

The Private Sector Taskforce is the voice for the Cook Islands business community. It represents all Cook Islands businesses, including the self-employed, to support the country’s Covid-19 response and recovery efforts.

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown thanked all the workers and the employers who are utilising the wage subsidy “in the spirit intended”. 

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