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Guidance for Clients 16.04.20

Here’s the latest important updates on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:

Employee Eligibility:

You can claim for employees that were employed as of 19 March 2020 and were on your PAYE payroll on or before that date; this means that you will have made an RTI submission notifying HMRC of payment of that employee on or before 19 March 2020. Employees that were employed as of 28 February 2020 and on payroll (i.e. notified to HMRC on an RTI submission on or before 28 February) and were made redundant or stopped working for you after that, and prior to 19 March 2020, can also qualify for the scheme if you re-employ them and put them on furlough.

How to claim:
As you prepare to make a claim, please note: the online claim service will be launched on GOV.UK on 20‌‌ April 2020 – please do not try to access it before this date as it won’t be available the only way to make a claim is online – the service should be simple to use and any support you need available on GOV.UK; this will include help with calculating the amount you can claim you can make the claim yourself even if you usually use an agent claims will be paid within 6 working days; you should not contact HMRC unless it is absolutely necessary – any queries should be directed to your agent, representative or HMRC’s web chat service. HMRC cannot answer any queries from employees – they will need to raise these with you, as their employer, directly.

If we prepare your payroll for you, we will be processing your claim in conjunction with your requirements. If you prepare your own payroll and have any problems or issues do not hesitate to call us.

Information you will need before you make a claim:

A Government Gateway (GG) ID and password – if you don’t already have a GG account, you can apply for one online, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘HMRC services: sign in or register’. Agents authorised to act for you on PAYE matters can make the claim on your behalf using their ID and enrolled for PAYE online – if you aren’t registered yet, you can do so now, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘PAYE Online for employers’ the following information for each furloughed employee you will be claiming for: Name/National Insurance number/Claim period and claim amount. PAYE/employee number (optional). 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 for each employee; HMRC will accept the following file types: .xls .xlsx .csv .ods.

Click here for more information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme