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If you have recently furloughed some or all of your employees, you will be very keen to know when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal launch will be. Until the CJRS portal launch, you won’t be able to claim the 80% of your workers’ wages (up to £2,500 monthly) from the government.

The good news is that the CJRS portal launch is due on 20th April 2020.

To make a claim, you need to meet three conditions:

  • You need to have created and set up a PAYE scheme before 28th February 2020
  • You need a UK bank account, into which the money will be paid
  • You MUST have enrolled for PAYE online.

The last condition is very important. If you registered for PAYE as an employer, but didn’t do it online, you need to enrol online before you can receive CJRS payments.

How to enrol for PAYE online

If you already have an online account for other taxes, such as Corporation Tax, then log in to HMRC Online Services and find the ‘Services you can add’ section. Then choose the option to enrol for ‘PAYE for employers’.

If you don’t currently have an online account, then you need to enrol as a new user first.

If you have not enrolled for PAYE online, do it now. Your activation code could take up to 10 days to arrive by post. Note also that the code may be sent to your business address, even if it is in lockdown.

Who can make the claim on the CJRS portal? 

You can make the claim on behalf of your business, or it can be done by an agent who is authorised to act for you on PAYE matters. If we are your accountants, we can normally do this for you. Please note that ‘file only’ agents, such as some payroll bureaus, won’t be able to claim for you.

What information do I need to claim via the CJRS portal?

Whether you or an agent make the claim, you’ll need to provide the NI numbers of each furloughed employee, the amount of the furloughed salary, employers’ national insurance and employers’ pension contribution.

If you have any questions, please talk to one of our accountants. We will be handling claims for many of our clients, so will be happy to look at how we can help you.




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About Jon Pryse-Jones

Since joining THP in 1978, Jon Pryse-Jones has been hands on with every area of the business. Now specialising in strategy, business planning, and marketing, Jon remains at the forefront of the growth and development at THP.

An ideas man, Jon enjoys getting the most out of all situations, “I act as a catalyst for creative people and encourage them to think outside the box,” he says, “and I’m not afraid of being confrontational. It often leads to a better result for THP and its clients.”

Jon’s appreciation for THP extends to his fellow team members and the board.  “They really know how to run a successful business,” he says.  He’s keen on IT and systems development as critical to success, and he continues to guide THP to be at the cutting edge and effective.

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