Thursday, 9 April 2020

Claiming 80% of Furloughed Pay

We want to make everyone aware of this in case you need to take action.

If you are a Hillmans client and we prepare your payroll for you, you can rest assured we will take care of this for you. You also do not need to read the rest of this post if you have not furloughed any employees.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Claiming 80% of Furloughed Pay

You will be able to claim funding from the government using a new portal if you have furloughed any of your employees.  Although we have not yet been given full guidance from HMRC, it appears that the funding will need to be claimed through the government gateway service for employers. You will, therefore, need to make sure you have access to your PAYE online account.

In order to make sure that you can claim as soon as possible (it has been suggested that the launch will be on 20 April) please take the following action now.

If you already have a government gateway account, please log in to make sure it works, and your password is correct or is renewed.  Then ensure that PAYE Online for Employers is listed as a service that you can use.  If it is not, please follow the instructions to add it.  You will need your PAYE reference number and accounts office reference number to hand when you do.

If you do not have a government gateway account already, please visit to do so.  

An activation code will need to be posted to you which is why we suggest you action this now.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any assistance with PAYE online services – we would be delighted to help. 

Best wishes,


Steven Hillman ACA
Chartered Accountant 

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