2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Tax payments on business support grants

The 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant paid to employing businesses and sole traders are non-assessable non-exempt for income tax purposes until 30 June 2022. This means you are not required to pay tax on these payments, and they do not affect your tax losses.

Learn more about amounts you do not include as income.

All grant recipients will receive an email with further advice.

This measure only applies to the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants and does not apply to any other COVID support grants, including:

  • Border Business Zone Hardship Grant
  • Tourism Hardship Grant
  • Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant.

We recommend you seek professional tax advice for your individual situation.

This program is to support Queensland businesses impacted by the August 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns in Queensland.

Grant status

Applications are no longer being accepted for employing businesses, not-for-profit organisations and non-employing sole traders.

Employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations can track the status of existing submitted applications by visiting the QRIDA portal.

Business type Payroll size Available funding Grant status
Employing Queensland small businesses and not-for-profit organisations less than $1.3 million $10,000 Closed
Employing Queensland medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations between $1.3 million and $10 million $15,000 Closed
Employing Queensland large sized tourism and hospitality focused businesses and not-for-profit organisations more than $10 million $30,000 Closed
Employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations located in the border business zone n/a $5,000 Closed
Non-employing sole traders based in Queensland n/a $1,000 (Sole trader grant)Closed
Non-employing sole traders located in the border business zone n/a $1,000 (Hardship payment)Closed

Grant information

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Non-employing sole traders

Applications for non-employing sole traders closed on 30 November 2021.

Key document

Read the administrative direction that established the basis for the non-employing sole trader grant.

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Employing businesses or not-for-profit organisations

Applications for employing businesses and not-for-profit organisations closed on the 16 November 2021.

Employing businesses – request a review

If your application as an employing business or not-for-profit organisation has not been successful, you may request a review of the decision.

Information to submit when requesting a review

When preparing your written request, you must provide QRIDA with adequate information outlining why you are requesting a review, including:

  • your reason(s) for review
  • information on how you meet the specific scheme eligibility criteria that QRIDA considers have not been met
  • any critical information that was not included in your original application or that you believe has been overlooked
  • any additional information requested by QRIDA that supports your reasoning and assists QRIDAs Chief Executive Officer to make a decision about your request.

Email your review request to contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au.

Key documents

Read the frequently asked questions, guidelines and supplementary guidelines (for the border business zone) for more information.

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