HMRC have announced that they will launch this scheme online on the 26th May 2020.

The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim back the coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) that they have paid to their employees.

Tax agents will be able to make claims on behalf of employers, Sence Accounting are able to act on behalf of clients.

As an employer you are eligible to use the scheme if:

  • you’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • you had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020
  • you had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020, and;
  • you’re eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework.

The amount you can claim back is limited to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 and entitled to SSP, because they either:

  • have the coronavirus
  • are self-isolating and unable to work from home, or;
  • are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

To prepare to make a claim, you should keep records of all the SSP payments you wish to claim for.

For more information about eligibility, please visit GOV.UK and search ‘Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)‘. Reminder about scams

We are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. Eligible customers will be invited to claim through GOV‌.UK – it is the only service you can use. If someone gets in touch with you claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as their name, credit card or bank details, do not respond. It is a scam.  Contact us if you’re unsure.

Suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC should be reported to us by sending them to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk. Texts should be sent to 60599.