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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Update 17/04/2020

The Chancellor has said that the portal for companies claiming support under the CJRS should be up and running by Monday, and companies should start getting payments in time for the end of the month, if not before, so we just wanted to remind you of the information you will need about each employee you will be making a claim for:

  • Your employer PAYE reference number
  • The number of employees being furloughed
  • National Insurance Numbers for the furloughed employees
  • Names of the furloughed employees
  • Payroll/employee number for the furloughed employees (optional)
  • Your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number
  • The claim period (start and end date)
  • Amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks)
  • Your bank account number and sort code
  • Your contact name
  • Your phone number

As you know you can claim:

  • 80% of your employees’ wages (even for employee’s on National Minimum Wage) - up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Do not claim for the worker’s previous salary.
  • Employer National Insurance contributions that are paid on the subsidised furlough pay.

Employer pension contributions that are paid on the subsidised furlough pay, up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer contribution. The maximum level of grant for employer pension contributions on subsidised furlough pay is set in line with the minimum automatic enrolment employer contribution of 3% on qualifying earnings. Grants for pension contributions can be claimed up to this cap provided the employer will pay the whole amount claimed to a pension scheme for the employee as an employer contribution.

You can choose to top up your employee’s salary, but you do not have to. Employees must not work or provide any services for the business while furloughed, even if they receive a top-up salary.

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