What we know so far
A recent announcement from HMRC has said that they are working at pace to deliver the service that will allow businesses to make a claim. They confirmed that they hope to have the portal available to claim the CJRS grant by the 20 April.
HMRC has also confirmed that the portal will be open to businesses, and agents that are authorised to act on behalf of clients for PAYE matters, to make a claim. However, file only agents, including payroll bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons.
HMRC has asked that file only agents help their clients, as they might hold information that the client needs 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 business to calculate the claim amount
Any claims will only be possible via the portal and HMRC will not accept any telephone applications.
They are expecting phone demand for guidance and support to be beyond their capacity to offer a normal service. Therefore, the service has been designed to be self-serve with guidance in place.
HMRC plans to release further information over the coming weeks.
For more information on the Job Retention Scheme itself – read our blog found here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Ashworth.