Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

Apr 16, 2020
Author: Simon Bladen
Simon is one of the firm's Audit Partners. Simon is responsible for looking after the firm’s legal, charitable and not-for-profit clients.
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How to apply for a furlough grant

The application webpage for the government job retention scheme is expected to go live on 20 April with grants being subsequently paid from 30 April. Authorised agents who act for PAYE purposes should be able to make claims on behalf of clients. However, the Tax faculty has recently sought further information regarding the type of authorisation required: 64-8, FBI2 and online agent authorisation. But any unauthorised or file only agents will not be able to claim on behalf of clients.  

How do I submit my claim?

The government will require the employer’s “ePAYE” reference. You can then use the “PAYE Online for Employers” portal to make your claim. These login details should have been sent to you when you first started using PAYE.

To check that you can access this portal please click here

It does not take long to apply for this service, but you will need authorisation codes which often take around 10 days to arrive. You will not be able to access the scheme without these details.

This information may change as the scheme is developed and we will let you know as soon as we know any new information.

Furlough scheme cut-off extended to 19 March

The government’s decision to extend the date of eligibility to 19 March 2020 means that thousands more employers will be able to receive financial support through this scheme. You can now claim on this scheme for furloughed employees who were on your PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 and which were notified to HMRC via an RTI submission on or before that date.

More information can found here.

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