At long last we have received confirmation from HMRC that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Portal is due to open on Monday 20th April.
HMRC will be contacting employers shortly to advise them of the launch date and what they need to do. To date they have confirmed businesses will need the following information on each of their furloughed employees:
- National Insurance number
- Salary details including National Insurance and Pension Contribution information that allows the business to calculate the claim amount.
HMRC is expecting telephone demand to be beyond their capacity to offer a normal service. Therefore, they have designed the service to be self-serve with guidance in place. In other words do not call them!
Hamilton Morris Waugh will continue to advise you as further details are released.
We can assist you in making any claims under this scheme, however please be aware that HMRC have stated that unless we are specifically authorised to act on your behalf for Paye matters, that we will be unable to process any claims.
If we currently process your Payroll, we should be able to process your claims, otherwise we would need urgent authorisation from you. As this authorisation process may take some time for HMRC to process, please contact us urgently to start the authorisation procedure.
The team at Hamilton Morris Waugh are actively trying to obtain, clarify and update you with full details on all the measures being announced by the Government and we will continue to issue further guidance. We are here to help and support all our clients and encourage you to follow our updates.