20th April 2020
We have received a letter from HMRC, along with other payroll agents, to support them in the important work of rolling out of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. They acknowledge that our influence and reach across the business sector is instrumental in helping them ensure employers know what they can do to get ready to make their claim.
Claims should not be made by phone, it will be an online service.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor announced a series of measures to support businesses and their employees. One of those measures is the CJRS, that allows employers to claim 80% of the wages of staff (up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee) that they have furloughed (been put on temporary leave).
HMRC is working at pace to deliver the service that will allow businesses to make a claim. Businesses, and agents that are authorised to act on behalf of clients for PAYE matters, will be able to claim. We will also support file only clients in making any claim as we might hold information that is needed to make their claim.
Businesses will need the following information on each of their furloughed employees:
- National Insurance number
- Salary, National Insurance and Pension Contribution information that allows businesses to calculate the claim amount.
HMRC are ready to launch on 20 April. They will be contacting businesses shortly to advise them what they need to do. We will, of course, be giving vital support during this process, either directly, if authorised, or indirectly if not. Any businesses who do not currently use our services are more than welcome to get in touch and we will be happy to work with them to make the claim. HMRC are expecting phone demand to be beyond their capacity to offer a normal service. Therefore, the service is designed to be supported by us, as agents, with guidance in place.
Find out more
The latest guidance on CJRS can be found on GOV.UK by searching for ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’.
HMRC will also be providing further information on our support for businesses and workers over the coming weeks, including more detail on the Coronavirus Self Employment Income Support Scheme.
We would like to thank HMRC’s employees who are working day and night, prioritising the need to get the financial support out to those who need it. We will be supporting them in whatever way we can. We are here to support our clients, new or old, through these difficult time.