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Job Retention Scheme updates

HMRC have changed the eligibility criteria for the Scheme. The following two points are the main changes:

  • You can claim for employees that were employed as of the 19 March 2020 and were on your PAYE payroll on or before that date; this means that you will have made an RTI submission notifying HMRC of payment of that employee on or before 19 March 2020
  • Employees that were employed as of 28 February 2020 and on payroll (i.e. notified to HMRC on an RTI submission on or before 28 February) and were made redundant or stopped working for you after that, and prior to 19 March 2020, can also qualify for the scheme if you re-employ them and put them on furlough

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Job Retention Scheme


It was announced last night further details of how to make claims:

  • The online claim service will be launched on GOV.UK on the 20 April 2020, you should not try to access it before this date
  • The only way to claim is online and the process is stated to be simple
  • Either you or Spirare can make the claims
  • Claims it has been stated will be paid within 6 working days

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Job Retention Scheme update

Directors are now eligible under the scheme. So, you can be furloughed and undertake general matters such as emails and your statutory duties. This enables at least some support for directors which is positive news. However, it was confirmed that dividends do not form part of the scheme. Directors usually have a strategy of low salary and dividends to make up their remuneration package. So, this is not good news for Directors.

Further detail has been released on who can claim. The furloughed employees must have been on your payroll on 28 February 2020 and can be on any of the following type of contract:

  • Full-time employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Employees on agency contracts
  • Employees on flexible or zero hours contracts

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Self Employed Income Support

Who can apply for the grant?

On 26 March 2020 the Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the Governments long awaited emergency package to support 5 million self-employed workers throughout Britain.

The scheme will be available to self-employed individuals or members of business partnerships. To apply you must have:

  • submitted a Self-assessment tax return for 2018/19
  • Traded in the 2019/20 tax year
  • Trading at the time of application
  • Intend to trade in the 2020/21 tax year
  • Have lost profits as a result of COVID-19

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What we know so far.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be a government grant to reimburse employers for 80% of the furloughed workers wage costs to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Our understanding is that employers can choose to top up the employees pay for either the unfunded 20% or the amount above £2500 for higher earners.

Employers can backdate to 1st March.

The scheme will be open for 3 months but it will be extended if the Government deems this to be necessary.

The scheme is designed to support business and assist them in trying to retain staff through this period.

All UK business are eligible , large, small, charitable and not for profit.

Employers have to designate employees who are going to be furloughed.

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The deferral for VAT payments announced by the Chancellor apply from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.

All VAT registered traders are eligible for this deferral.

All VAT registered traders will be eligible to defer of one quarter’s VAT: the payment due on 7 April, 7 May or 7 June 2020 or the monthly payments due on each of these dates. This is an automatic offer and no application is required. Businesses will not need to make a VAT payment during this period.

For clarification, this means, for example, that if you had a VAT period that ended on 29 February 2020 and payment is due by 7 April 2020, this can be deferred. All future VAT periods are required to be paid in the usual way.

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