08 April 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JCRS) – what has become commonly known as the staff Furlough scheme.

HMRC have this afternoon contacted us to tell us that they will soon be announcing that the special portal for businesses to access the scheme is to open on 20 April.

Adding that;

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.

We are ready to launch on 20 April. This will be made public shortly, at which point we will be contacting businesses to advise them what they need to do.

From this we assume that they will be emailing businesses. But we strongly recommend that on 20 April you put into your online search engine – ‘HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CJRS how to claim’. We will do the same and when HMRC again contact us we will pass on the information.

HMRC added:

We are expecting phone demand to be beyond our capacity to offer a normal service. Therefore, the service is designed to be self-serve with guidance in place. Again, your support in helping us achieve this is called on.

We read this has shorthand for you are on your own, figure it out for yourself. We will be monitoring those developments and will keep posting guidance on how to claim.

Finally, HMRC say:

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 you with 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 you for your help to businesses at this time of national need. HMRC is working day and night, prioritising the need to get the financial support out to those who need it.

Yours sincerely

Jim Harra

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC

More helpful information

The Government have released the following key information:

Qualifying Criteria

You must have:

  • created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 28 February 2020
  • enrolled for PAYE Online for employers – GOV.UK – this can take up to 10 days
  • Hold a UK bank account

Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.

It is unclear whether or not HMRC are going to allow tax agents such as ourselves to be able to process this on behalf of our clients.

Therefore we suggest avoiding unnecessary delays can be avoided if you have a claim to make, by setting up a PAYE log in from the link above. If you do not have the reference numbers available that they request please email info@helpboxuk.com we will provide them to you.

What you need to do now – Set-up an HMRC PAYE login using this link PAYE Online for employers – GOV.UK

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Stay safe.