The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now open for applications

10 days ahead of schedule. Employers can now go online to claim cash grants worth up to 80% of wages, capped at £2,500 a month per worker. 5000 HMRC staff will operate the scheme, which is expected to help thousands of firms across the UK. All of the details can be found here: https://bit.ly/2zdheFn

Please note the following key guidelines:

• To receive payment by 30 April you will need to complete an application by 22 April. This is because it will take six working days for the claim to be processed, issued and received.

• Decide whether you want to make your own claim or if you want your agent to act on your behalf – if you have an agent that has authorisation to act for you on PAYE matters, they can make a claim for CJRS on your behalf.

• Only call HMRC if you can’t find what you need on gov.uk – please, wherever possible, leave the phone lines open for those who need us most. All applications will be processed online. After a claim has been submitted it will take six working days for it to be paid – please do not chase up payment during this time.

• Employees should speak to their employers with any questions, not HMRC. HMRC won’t be able to answer queries from individual employees.

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