HMRC opens Job Retention Scheme online application portal

HMRC opens Job Retention Scheme online application portal

Please note this article was published on 20th April and may be out of date. For the latest information about financial support around Coronavirus, please click here

HMRC have now published guidance to help employers make a claim as the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme claim portal went live today Monday 20 April 2020 at 8am.

The following information is now available on gov.uk:

– Updated guidance on the CJRS

– Further guidance on how to calculate a claim

– And a step-by-step guide

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – tips for UK businesses

1. Be prepared in advance with the required information:
– review the updated supports and step by step guide from HMRC.
– find out how to calculate a claim and use the CJRS calculator to check calculations.

2. Access the service via the online portal.

3. Complete the application in one session – there are no ‘do overs’.

4. Please note that inactivity on the application for 15 minutes logs you off.Take a screenshot of the confirmation page for your records as there will be no email confirmation.

5. Retain all records and calculations for your reference.

Commenting on news that applications are now open for the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Chief Executive, Simon Beardsley said:

“The opening of the Job Retention scheme is an important milestone for businesses, who can now begin to access the cash they need to pay their staff and protect livelihoods.

“The government deserves credit for the speed, scale and flexibility of its response to the challenges facing our business communities. The focus should now be on delivering this support to firms on the ground.

“The British Chambers research indicates that two-thirds of firms have furloughed some portion of their workforce. With April’s payday approaching, it is essential that the application process is smooth and that payments are made as soon as possible. Any delay would exacerbate the cash crisis many companies are facing and could threaten jobs and businesses.”

“The British Chambers research indicates that two-thirds of firms have furloughed some portion of their workforce."

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