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Furlough scheme portal opens for claims on 20 April

HMRC announced plans to open the online Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) service on 20 April with the first claims being paid 10 days later. The good news is that we will be able to access the system for our clients.

Since the scheme was announced on 20 March, many clients  have been concerned whether the HMRC will pay CJRS grants soon enough to save oranisations  before it is too late.  

The scheme is due to go live on 20 April with first payments being made 10 days later
Future claims will be paid within four to six days.

The online CJRS service is now undergoing beta testing with a group of selected employers

Further guidance will be issued by HMRC this week explaining on how to use the system 
Following the initial backdated claims, claims can be made no more than 14 days before payrolls are run but will be accepted for the different pay periods