HMRC launched its online claim service and portal for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 20th April 2020. At launch, it was planned to run for four months from 1st March to 30th June 2020. On 12th May the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a four-month extension to the 31st October 2020.
Details around the extension and the proposed increased flexibility that would allow furloughed employers to return to work part-time from August 2020 onwards, whilst seeing their employers share the costs of the scheme, will be announced before the end of May. We will update our CJRS guide as soon as further detail is available.
Please note, the only way to make a claim is online using HMRC’s portal. To avoid delays we strongly recommend you submit claims yourself.
We recommend you refer to HMRC’s guidance on how to work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim and its online calculator to help calculate your claim amount.
We recommend you make a claim every month the scheme is operational. The minimum furlough period is three weeks and you can only make one claim every three weeks.
HMRC has published a step by step guide which we have used as part of our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Guide for employers and CJRS guide for employers and step-by-step walkthrough of the HMRC CJRS portal.
The service is simple to use and any support you need is available on GOV.UK - this includes help with calculating the amount you can claim (see above links).
The service is designed to be 'self-serve’ and HMRC has said claims will be paid within six working days. If you need Crunch to submit your claim, we won’t be able to submit a claim as quickly as you can yourself.
If you would like to Crunch to make a submission on your behalf, we are able to do this. While you will need to pay for the service, we can assure you our fees are among the lowest across UK accountancy Practices. Contact your client managers for more information about the service.
To avoid delays, we strongly recommend you submit your claims yourself.
HMRC cannot answer any queries from your employees – they will need to raise these with you, as their employer, directly.
Our CJRS guide for employers provides all the information you will need and instructions on how to make a claim. Please note the guide will be updated as more information is published by HMRC.