NSW COVID recovery package extended to toll rebates for small business

Thousands of dollars in toll rebates and discounted licensing fees will be offered to small businesses in Sydney as the NSW government expands its COVID-19 economic recovery program.

Premier Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday announced small businesses could claim $2000 under an expansion of the support package launched in March, which now can be used for tolls as well as licensing fees and council rates.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet addresses the media on Tuesday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet addresses the media on Tuesday.Credit:Nick Moir

The rebate, which has been increased from $1500, will target tradies and other small businesses with a payroll of less than $1.2 million, who do not qualify for payroll tax.

But NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said the new rebates and discounts, which are expected to cost the government about $150 million, are short-lived compared to the decades of tolling concessions implemented across the city.

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“Under this government tolls are forever, whereas this relief package runs out in June. There’s not much there and it doesn’t last very long,” the Opposition Leader said.

“We are the most tolled city on earth. And now we have a 100 per cent privately owned toll road monopoly right here in Sydney.”

Mr Perrottet also announced a “stock guarantee” for businesses with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million to apply for up to $20,000 for loss of perishable stock if they are hit by a local lockdown.

Alternatively, businesses can claim $10,000 for reduced capacity to sell non-perishable items.


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