Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Charlotte Nichols Charlotte Nichols Labour, Warrington North

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he is putting in place to ensure that people who have worked for an employer for more than one year but are paid an annual salary and whose employer submitted an RTI for tax year 2019-20 after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme cut-off date receive support from that scheme.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

For an employee to be eligible for the CJRS they must have been notified to HMRC on a real-time information (RTI) submission on or before 19 March. Those paid annually are eligible to claim, as long as they meet the relevant conditions including being notified to HMRC on an RTI submission on or before 19 March 2020, which relates to a payment of earnings in the 2019/2020 tax year. Anyone paid annually and notified on an RTI submission after that date will not be eligible for the scheme, which puts them in the same position as those who are paid more frequently and were not notified to HMRC on or before 19 March.

The 19 March cut-off date allows as many people as possible to be included while managing the risk of fraud that existed as soon as the scheme became public.

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