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CJRS - Agents CAN claim.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

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HMRC have been called on by the Chancellor to urgently direct financial support to where our citizens and businesses need it most. The first wave of this is the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We need your help in this important work. Your influence and your reach across the business sector are instrumental in helping us ensure employers know what they can do to get ready to make their claim. Claims should not be made by phone, it will be an online service.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor announced a series of measures to support businesses and their employees. One of those measures is the CJRS, that allows employers to claim 80% of the wages of staff (up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee) that they have furloughed (been put on temporary leave).

HMRC is working at pace to deliver the service that will allow businesses to make a claim. Businesses, and agents that are authorised to act on behalf of clients for PAYE matters, will be able to claim. However, file only agents, including Payroll Bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons.

File only agents

If you are a file only agent, we still need your support. You will need to help your clients, as you might hold information that they need to make their claim. Businesses will need the following information on each of their furloughed employees:

National Insurance number

salary, National Insurance and pension contribution information that allows business to calculate the claim amount.

Service launch

We are ready to launch on 20 April. This will be made public shortly, at which point we will be contacting businesses to advise them what they need to do. At this point we would welcome you also contacting your clients and offering yourselves as vital support during this process, either directly, if authorised, or indirectly if you are a file only agent.

We are expecting phone demand to be beyond our capacity to offer a normal service. Therefore, the service is designed to be self-serve with guidance in place. Again, your support in helping us achieve this is called on.

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By 0098087
08th Apr 2020 13:07

Lovely. 100 payrolls. We have to enter every ones NI number. Clients won't have a clue what to do..insanity not being done through software..

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By RedFive
08th Apr 2020 14:32

I'm not entirely sure that's the case. The wording is a little wooly.......I'm only going to throw the toys out once I see the claim form.

The wording is under File Only agents and could just mean they need that to be able to help the client. In reality you will need good records to backup your calcs in case of inspection in the next 5 years, but I'm not sure it will need to be entered line by line per employee. As you say McDonalds or BA with thrir 30000 furloughed staff are going to struggle with that one.

This is HMRC though..................

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By Nigel Henshaw
08th Apr 2020 13:31

Where did this come from please Wanderer?

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By 0098087
08th Apr 2020 13:41

Email from HMRC. We had one

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By Frances C
14th Apr 2020 15:45

We have a signed 64-8 for some clients, which gives us limited authorisation status. Does that mean we are file only agents for those particular clients?

Other clients we have confirmed status.

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By Degan89
15th Apr 2020 10:48

Hi all, I submit payrolls through sage payroll which is linked to our agents gateway, and have 64-8s in place for all of our PAYE clients. When i log into our HMRC agent gateway i can see all our PAYE, VAT , CT etc clients. However i can't check on this online gateway any PAYE that is outstanding (can check by calling HMRC) but i can submit P11D's online if needed.

Am i classed as a file only agent/payroll bureau?

Any advice welcome.

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