The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ready to launch 20th April

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).

Written on April 6, 2020 by Xeinadin Group

Service launch

HMRC are ready to launch on 20 April. This will be made public shortly, at which point they will be contacting businesses to advise them what they need to do. Hallidays will be contacting all our payroll clients to confirm the procedures in the next week or so.

HMRC is working at pace to deliver the service that will allow businesses to make a claim. Businesses, and agents that are authorised to act on behalf of clients for PAYE matters, will be able to claim. However, file only agents, including Payroll Bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons.

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 their support for businesses and workers over the coming weeks, including more detail on the Coronavirus Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

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