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Coronavirus Job retention Scheme Update – This update gives the final position before the scheme portal opens on 20 April …
Further to our previous update it has been clarified that if an employer would like their payroll agent to deal with the processing of their JRS claim in respect of their furloughed staff this will be possible where:
1) The proposed agent is
Charities, in common with many other employers, have had to face some tough decisions over the past few weeks about the continued employment of their employees. The UK Government, as part of its economic protection measures, announced the job retention scheme as an option to help prevent redundancies. The scheme essentially allows the employer to claim back 80% of a furloughed (laid off) employee’s normal pay (within certain limits) as a grant from the Government.
Whilst we still await further detailed guidance on the how claims will be made through the portal being created by HMRC we have been advised that at this stage agents such as ourselves or Payroll Bureaus who process payrolls on your behalf will not be able to file the claim through the portal using their current agency arrangements. We have been advised that they are working on a facility to enable agents to do this but do not have a date when this will be available.
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