Covid-19 – Job retention scheme update

Following our last mailer in respect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we have now received further updates from HM Revenue & Customs to confirm that the scheme will be launched on 20 April 2020 at the GOV.UK website address.

There is also a key change in that you can now claim for anyone that was on the payroll, and had an RTI submission, as at 19 March 2020 rather than 28 February 2020.

How to claim

  • You can only make the claim online at GOV.UK.
  • Guidance will be provided on the online system to help calculate the amount you can claim.
  • Claims will be paid within 6 working days.

Information required to make a claim

  • Government Gateway ID and password – if you do not have this in place please go to GOV.UK and search for 'HMRC services: sign in or register'.
  • You must be enrolled for PAYE online – if you are not registered yet, please go to GOV.UK and search for 'PAYE Online for employers'.
  • You will need 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.

Making the claim

As you can probably appreciate, our external payroll bureau, Sussex Payroll Services (SPS), will not have the capacity to deal with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims (there would be hundreds of claims for them to deal with), so we are requesting that you make these claims yourselves to ensure that you obtain the funding as soon as possible when the system goes live. The scheme has been designed to be easy to complete by the employer.

Unfortunately Honey Barrett do not hold the agent authority for PAYE and therefore we are unable to assist directly with this matter and it would not be cost effective for us to do so.

If help is needed with the claim, then we will of course try to assist where possible, however we want to remind you that we cannot make the claim on your behalf and it will be down to the employer to make the claim directly with HMRC. We would also like to make you aware that there will be charges for our time in this respect, where assistance is requested.

If you have any questions please contact your usual Honey Barrett contact.

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