Where employers are registered for PAYE Online and they have a Government Gateway User ID, the employer will require this for their claim. If the employer is not enrolled for PAYE Online, they will need to enroll now. If an employer has an agent that is authorised to operate PAYE Online for their client, the agent can claim under this scheme on behalf of the employer.
Employers will need the following for the claim:
Employer PAYE reference
Contact name or number
Bank account details – sort code and account number
The total amount of Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus related) that has been paid to employees in the claim period
Dates for the Statutory Sick Leave period – start and end dates
The number of employees being claimed for
The employer must keep records for the statutory sick payments they wish to claim from HMRC, to include:
The National insurance number for each employee being claimed for
Start and end dates for the period of sick leave an employee was off sick
The reason why the employee could not work
Details of the qualifying dates in the period the employee could not work
Claims for multiple employees and multiple pay periods can be submitted by an employer at the one time. The start date of the claim period will be the earliest pay period the employer is submitting the claim for and the end date of the claim being the most recent pay period on the claim. HMRC has advised that employers must keep the records for the SSP paid and claimed under this scheme for three years after the date they receive the payment from HMRC.
The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) Regulations 2020 legislation to provide for eligible employers to reclaim some, or all, of their Statutory Sick Pay has been presented before Parliament to take effect from 26 May 2020.
Regulations have also been laid in Northern Ireland – ‘The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers’ Liabilities) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020.’
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