Wages for furloughed employees are now being paid through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, just a week after claims opened. Payments for claims made on Monday 20 April will be in employers’ bank accounts by tomorrow (28 April).

I would be very grateful if you could share the following information with your constituents:

If your constituents have already made a claim

Employers in your constituency don’t need to worry if they haven’t received payment yet – it takes six working days from when they claimed. Employers shouldn’t call us to chase payment as we won’t be able to update them before the six working days have ended.

Employers don’t need to do anything to receive payment. It will automatically be sent to the bank account they nominated in their claim.

Please remind your constituents to retain all records and calculations for their claims in case we need to contact them in future, as we continue to check claims made through the scheme.

If employers in your constituency have not yet made a claim

Employers can still claim online for a grant for 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, per month. They will receive the funds six working days after they claim, provided their claim matches records that we hold for their PAYE scheme.

Employers should read all the available guidance before applying. To find the latest guidance, they should go to GOV.UK and search for ‘Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’.

HMRC will check claims made through the scheme and will act to protect public money against anyone who makes a dishonest claim.

We ask that employers continue to keep their furloughed employees informed and ask them not to contact us directly – we will not be able to provide them with any information.

A word about scams

Thank you to all MPs who have continued to share our messages about scams. We are asking everyone to stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages such as ‘Stay at home’ and ‘Stay home, stay safe’, as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Don’t give out private information or reply to text messages, and don’t download attachments or click on links in texts or emails you weren’t expecting. People can forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

I hope this update is helpful. I continue to wish you all the best at this challenging time.

Jim Harra

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, HMRC

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