Update on portal for businesses

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Update on portal for businesses

The online portal through which businesses can register their furloughed workers and apply to receive a grant to cover 80% of furloughed workers wages from the government, will be available from 20th April.

Furthermore, the government has extended the eligibility to 19 March 2020 – the day before the scheme was announced. Previously the date had been set as 28th February.

This means that employers can claim for furloughed employees that were employed and on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

Clearly getting details of the date from when employers can start making a claim plus the date extension is welcome news.  However, it seems clear that the HMRC will be inundated with queries and claims as soon as their online portal opens on 20th April.

Therefore, they have asked accountants such as us, to support them in this mammoth task of getting these grants to businesses as quickly as possible and with the minimum of fuss.

If you need to apply for a grant, we recommend that you start to collate the information that you will need now, ready to submit your application on 20th April to receive your grant at the earliest possible date.

The key things that employers will need to make a claim are:

  • Your PAYE reference number, UTR and Company number (if applicable)
  • The number of employees being furloughed
  • The claim period (start and end date)
  • Amount claimed
  • Your bank account number and sort code
  • Your contact name and your phone number

N.B. In most cases, Payroll agents are unable to file a claim on behalf of an employer.  Unless you can confirm that your agent can definitely do so, you will need to be registered for PAYE Online through the Government Gateway.

If you would like assistance with making your claim, please get in touch at the earliest opportunity. Even if we cannot make the claim on your behalf, we will help you gather the required information and submit it in the correct format to help you get the funds as quickly as possible.

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