Accountants urge small firms to check recent CJRS claims

Accountancy organisations are urging small business owners to check their recent Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims and possibly recalculate them in the wake of a software error in the CJRS calculator.

Reports say that HMRC has confirmed that the error has been rectified and apologised to those affected.

Those affected are people who used the CJRS calculator before 21 January 2021 to calculate January 2021 claims for employees who are not on a fixed salary. They will be required to recalculate their claims if:

  • They used an employee’s pay for January 2019 as reference pay, instead of 2020, and
  • Their pay was different in January 2019 to January 2020.

Where January 2020 pay was used, there is no need for claimants to take any further action.

If, upon performing the re-calculation, it is apparent that the claim amount was incorrect, then:

  • If a claim for too much has been submitted, this should be amended in the next CJRS claim submission. Alternatively, HMRC should be notified as soon as possible, and a repayment made either online, through HMRC’s card payment service or by bank transfer.
  • If a claim for too little was submitted, then claimants should call the helpline 0800 024 1222 to get this corrected by 1 March 2021. 

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