Preparing to claim for furloughed workers

HMRC has confirmed that the new portal for employers to register and claim for furloughed staff will open on Monday April 20.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been created by the government to support businesses and protect the UK economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The scheme is designed to help businesses keep their employees on the payroll.

Businesses who have furloughed workers may apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions (up to the level of the minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contribution) on that subsidised furlough pay.

You will need to have formally furloughed any employees you are claiming for.  For more information on furloughing your staff visit the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development here and the Government website here.

HMRC will pay within 10 days of the first claim being submitted, with future claims being processed within 4-6 days. Claims can be made within 14 days before payroll is run.

Payments will be paid by BACS.

If your business is eligible for the scheme, there are things you can do now to prepare for when the system is up and running later this month. 

To make a claim, you will need to provide:

  • The bank account number and sort code where HMRC should pay your claim to.
  • The name and phone number of the person in your business for HMRC to call with any questions.
  • Your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number
  • Your employer PAYE reference number
  • The number of employees being furloughed.
  • The full name and National Insurance number for each of your furloughed employees.
  • If you have them, the payroll / employee number for the furloughed employees (don’t worry if you don’t have these – many small businesses don’t).
  • The total amount being claimed for all employees and the claim period (start and end date).

Please note, if you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf, so please contact them now.

File only agents, including Payroll Bureaus, will not be able access the service due to data protection reasons, and therefore you will need to make the claim yourself.

For the latest updates and advice, please visit GOV.UK.