HMRC’s Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme online claim form is now live, meaning that thousands of employers can now begin submitting claims to cover the wages of furloughed employees.
Employers should expect to receive payment six working days after making an application, and can access the claim form by clicking on the ‘claim now’ button at this link.
To aid the launch of its new claim form, HMRC have published a really useful guide covering details of how to claim and access the scheme, which can be viewed and downloaded here.
HMRC also recently announced a new online calculator to assist employers with working out their claim amounts for the employee furlough scheme – please access the calculator here.
INFORMATION REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A CLAIM
As a reminder, employers should prepare the following information before making a claim.
– The bank account number and sort code you’d like to use for your claim together with the address your bank uses to correspond with you (i.e. the address where your bank statements are posted to)
– The name and phone number of the person in your business for HMRC to call with any questions
– Your Self-Assessment UTR (Unique Tax Reference), Company UTR or CRN (Company Registration Number)
– The name, employee number and National Insurance number for each of your furloughed employees
– The total amount being claimed for all employees and the total furlough period
Before claiming, employers must also ensure they are set up on the Government Gateway and are enrolled for PAYE (links below):
– Government Gateway (GG): https://bit.ly/3a9lWAJ
– enrolling for PAYE online: https://bit.ly/3bf3gRn
We’re pleased and excited to confirm that our team have already started submitting claims on behalf of our clients and look forward to supporting many more with claims in the weeks to come, as part of our employee furlough advisory service.
Some useful tips that our team have mentioned from completing forms on behalf of our clients are outlined below:
– National Insurance numbers must be spaced on the form in 2 digital blocks
– You will need the address your bank uses to correspond with you (i.e. the address where your bank statements are posted to)
– At the end of your submission, a claim reference will pop up – make sure you screenshot this and save the reference in case you need it for any future queries / conversations with HMRC
HERE TO HELP
If you need any advice or support with preparing and submitting a claim, please get in touch and we’d be delighted to help. Should any of PM+M’s existing payroll clients need employee furlough advice, Julie Mason (email@example.com / 01254 604311) will continue to support you as normal. For any new engagements or existing clients who use other service areas of our firm and require furlough support, we’re pleased to introduce you to Jonathan Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01254 604318) who is perfectly placed to advise and assist you.
This information is correct as of 20 April 2020. This blog is for general guidance only. Recipients should not act upon any of the information provided without seeking specific professional advice tailored to your circumstances, requirements or needs. Please contact PM+M before making any decisions based on any matters relating to this blog.