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HMRC Job Retention Scheme updates

Date: Wednesday 12 August 2020

Job Retention Bonus

Employers will be able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every employee they have previously received a grant for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

To be eligible, the employee must have received earnings in November, December and January, and must have been paid an average of at least £520 per month, and a total of at least £1,560 across the three months.

As the employer, you will be able to claim the bonus after you have filed PAYE information for January 2021, and the bonus will be paid from February 2021. More detailed guidance, including how you can claim the bonus online, will be available by the end of September.

What you need to do now
If you intend to claim the Job Retention Bonus you must:

Reminder of changes to CJRS

From 1 August 2020 CJRS continues to provide grants for furloughed employees but no longer funds employers’ National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions. You now have to make these payments from your own resources for all employees, whether furloughed or not. HMRC guidance has been updated to reflect these changes.

Further guidance and live webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online – go to GOV.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

Please only contact HMRC if you can’t find the information you need from GOV.UK. This will leave HMRC phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most.

Making sure your data is right
It’s important that you provide the data HMRC needs to process your claim. Payment of your grant may be at risk or delayed if you submit a claim that is incomplete or incorrect. HMRC may be in touch to request employee data if it’s missing from your previous claims.

National Insurance numbers
You need to provide a National Insurance number (NINO) for all employees as part of your CJRS claim. The only exception is in the very limited circumstances where an employee genuinely does not have a NINO, for example if they are under 16 years old.

If you are claiming for an employee whose NINO you don’t currently know, you can check their number by searching GOV.UK for 'Check a National Insurance Number using basic PAYE Tools'.

HMRC can no longer accept claims for fewer than 100 employees by phone where you do not have all employee NINOs unless the employees you are claiming for genuinely do not have these.

Claimed too much in error?
If you have claimed too much for a CJRS grant and have not repaid it, you must notify us and repay the money by the latest of whichever date applies below:

If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty. HMRC does understand mistakes happen, particularly in these challenging times, and will not seek out innocent errors and small mistakes for compliance action. They will act, however, against anyone who deliberately sets out to defraud the system or claims money they aren’t entitled to.

How to let HMRC know about claiming too much
If you have received more than you are entitled to, you can let HMRC know as part of your next online claim without needing to call – the system will prompt you to add details on if you have received too much. For more information, search for ‘if you claim too much or not enough from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ on GOV.UK.

If you received too much and do not plan to submit further claims – or you have claimed less than you were entitled to – please contact HMRC by searching 'Contact HMRC' on GOV.UK.