The Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to support businesses and protect the UK economy through the pandemic. This scheme allows employers to claim 80% of the wages of staff that they have furloughed (up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee).
This is a temporary scheme in place for 3 months starting from 1st March 2020, but it may be extended if necessary and employers can use this scheme anytime during this period.
The scheme is open to every employer in the UK, but is only available for designated workers who have been furloughed.
Since the original announcement of the scheme, the Government has made changes to the scheme:
HMRC is working to deliver a service that will allow businesses to make a claim for the 80% of their furloughed workers wages and has confirmed the new portal will open on 20th April.
HMRC will pay claims within 6 working days. Payments will be paid by BACS.
Claims can be made within 14 days before payroll is run.
If you're business is eligible for the scheme, there are things you can do now to be ready when the system is up and running on 20th April.
You'll need the following to be able to make a claim:
If you have fewer than 100 furloughed staff, you will need to input information directly into the system for each employee. If you have 100 or more furloughed staff, you will need to upload a file with information of each employee (file types accepted: .xls .xlsx .csv .ods.)
Please note, if you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf, so please contact them now.
File only agents, including Payroll Bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons, and therefore you will need to make the claim yourself.
For the latest updates and advice, please visit GOV.UK.
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