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Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October 2020. 19796 MACO FINANCIAL ACUITY NEWSLETTER WEB FILES 23

The key points announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today are:

• Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October 2020.
• Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500.
• New flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy.

The Government stated as we reopen the economy, we need to support people to get back to work. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month. New statistics published today revealed the job retention scheme has protected 7.5 million workers and almost 1 million businesses.

The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the changes to allow more flexibility will come in from the start of August.

More specific details and information around its implementation will be made available by the end of May 2020. >you can read more here

The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period. It will also continue to work closely with the Devolved Administrations to ensure the scheme supports people across the Union.

The Chancellor’s decision to extend the scheme, which will continue to apply across all regions and sectors in the UK economy, comes after the government outlined its plan for the next phase of its response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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HMRC update on CJRS application process

HMRC have emailed an update for employers on CJRS. If you didn't receive it you can read it here: >HMRC update for employers CJRS

You can subscribe to HMRC updates on the above link to receive these if you are not already doing so.


New features on CJRS online claim service and guidance on making a claim

Save and return option now added: in response to feedback from claimants using the service, HMRC have added a 'save and return' option. This means that you can now return to a partially completed claim, rather than having to do it all in one go.

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When you make a claim through CJRS, you should receive the funds within six working days after you apply, provided your claim matches records that HMRC hold for your PAYE scheme.

Making sure that you submit your claim correctly will reduce the chance of any delayed or wrong payments.

These steps should help keep the process as straight forward as possible:

• read the guidance before you apply, to find this go to GOV.UK and search for 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme', there is a step-by-step guide to applying and a calculator or click here >CJRS guidance 

• check your employees are eligible, by reviewing the CJRS guidance >check eligibility criteria

• check your calculations each time you submit a claim, just in case any details have changed.

• only submit one claim per pay period – you cannot submit another claim for overlapping periods. This means that in each claim you should include all furloughed employees paid during that period.

• if you have missing National Insurance numbers for employees, do try and find them so that it doesn’t delay your claim. If an employee doesn’t have a National Insurance number yet, you should contact HMRC in order to complete your claim; go to GOV.UK and search for 'get help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' >click here

• double check all the information in the claim before you submit it, including your bank details.

HMRC understand that sometimes businesses might make an error in their claim, and they are working on a process to enable claims to be amended. In the meantime, HMRC's advice is not to amend your next claim to reflect any errors that you may have made in a previous one, as this could delay payment. If HMRC spot an error then, where possible, they will contact you or your agent to correct the claim.

Find out more about the Coronvirus Job Retention Scheme, support for the self-employed (SEISS) and other funding and grants that have been announced >read more

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