Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

April 17, 2020

Do you have any employees that have been furloughed?  The portal where claims can be made will be launched by HMRC on 20 April 2020. 

HMRC are expecting their phone service to be under intense pressure and so the portal is designed to be a self-serve function with guidance in place when it is launched.  HMRC have confirmed that where an agent authority is in place with HMRC for PAYE matters, agents will be able to make the claim on behalf of their clients.  If agents or payroll bureaus are “file only agents” i.e. file payroll no HMRC authority, they will not be able to make the claim.

Some links you may find useful:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils-2/for-businesses-and-advisors/