Covid 19 – Sick Pay Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme ( CSSPRS ) enables small and medium sized employers to recover statutory sick pay which they have paid to their employees when the absence was related to Coronavirus. Employers can claim for a maximum of 2 weeks under the scheme, with no waiting days. For claims between 13th March and 5th April 2020 the rate of SSP was £94.25 per week, and since 6th April 2020 it is £95.85 per week.

The claim must be made through the CSSPRS online portal which opens on 26th May. Claims can be made by the employer, or the tax agent.

To make a claim, employers will need to be registered on the government gateway, and will need : the employer PAYE scheme reference; contact name and telephone number; UK bank or building society details for BACS receipts; the total amount of Coronavirus SSP paid for the claim period; the number of employees being claimed for; and the start date and end date of the claim period.

HMRC have confirmed that claims can be made for multiple pay periods and employees at the same time with the start date of the claim being the start date of the earliest pay period being claimed for, and the end date of the claim being the end date of the most recent pay period.

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