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CJRS and SEISS: September Dates and Second Grants

Statistics released this week show over 9.6 million employees have been on Furlough since March, and currently there are 1.2 million Furloughed in August. This amounts to over £34.7 billion in grants from the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme –  which ends in October.

Also in the news is the second claim of the Self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) is now available. The first grant was claimed by 2.7 million people, mounting to £7.8 billion. Details of the second claim are outlined below. Please contact us if you would like an estimate of what you are likely to get – we have a SEISS calculator to assist.

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CJRS September Updates

What you need to do from 1 September:

• From 1 September CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work.

• You will still need to pay your furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. You will need to fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant yourself.

• The caps are proportional to the hours not worked. For example, if your employee is furloughed for half their usual hours in September, you are entitled to claim 70% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work up to £1,093.75 (50% of the £2,187.50 cap).

• You will continue to have to pay furloughed employees’ National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions from your own funds.

Making sure your data is right

It is important that you provide all 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, so we want to help you get this right. We have an accurate claim calculator so please talk to us if you need any help.

See: How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1‌‌ September impact you

Find Out Which Employees You Can Put Through Furlough, and Claim for the CJRS

Find further detailed guidance on the CJRS here.

SEISS: Self Employed Can Benefit From Second Stage Grants

Self-employed people whose livelihoods have been affected by coronavirus will be able to claim a second payment of up to £6,570 from the 17 August.

Those eligible will now be able to receive a second and final grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, with the money set to land in their bank accounts within six working days of making a claim.

Anyone whose self-employed business has been adversely affected by coronavirus since 14 July is eligible for the scheme.

See: Millions of self employed to benefit from second stage of support scheme

HMRC Latest Data

The latest statistics from HMRC about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), and the VAT payments deferral scheme show that:

The CJRS total number of furloughed employees was 9.6 million with 1.2 million employers using the scheme and the total number of claims made is £34.4 billion. The scheme runs until 31 October. Please contact us about estimating, collecting data on employees or HMRC compliance and rules, we have the tools and are happy to help you with these claims.

The SEISS data shows that Tranche 1 claims totalled 2.7 million people and this totalled £7.8 billion.

Tranche 2 Claims opened on Monday 17 August and if you need assistance please contact us.

The VAT payments deferral scheme was launched on 20 March 2020. Statistics show that on the three filing dates ending 7 April, May, June approximately 40% of all businesses eligible for the deferment did so. The total amount of deferred VAT amounted to £27.5 billion.

See: HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

Clearly these are vast sums and if you have taken advantage of Government support, it is now essential to plan for their ending and a return to running your business without them. Please talk to us about planning forward and taking actions, we have considerable experience in helping our clients adjust, repurpose and pivot into new areas. We also help many of our clients with cash flow planning which will be critical as we enter the latter part of the year.

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