The Payroll Portal opens Monday, April 20th. This is great news and in advance of the original proposed date of the end of April. So for those businesses that have furloughed staff (or directors) please see some helpful information below.
To access the portal and to make the claim it is of paramount importance that:
Be warned that the activation code could take up to ten days to arrive and it might be sent to the business address which may possibly still be in lockdown.
Only the business and agents authorised to act on behalf of the business for PAYE matters will be able to make the claim. That agent could be the accountant or another third party.
Please note that “file only agents”, which could include some payroll bureaus, will not be able to access the service due to data protection reasons.
The concern is that there will be thousands of businesses who will have furloughed, have a UK bank account and have an operational PAYE scheme set up… but not online. This could, therefore, delay processing your claim.
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