Coronavirus sick pay scheme closing soon

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You will recall that the portal to claim a refund of Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (CSSP) paid to employees opened on 26 May 2020. This is a special refund scheme, unlike normal SSP which operates as a reduction in employer PAYE payments.

The refund scheme has only ever been open to employers with fewer than 250 employees whose PAYE scheme was set up before 28 February 2020. It enables employers to claim a refund of CSSP paid to employees who are absent because of coronavirus affecting themselves or a member of their household, leading to a requirement to self-isolate. A maximum of 14 days of CSSP paid per employee could be reclaimed, and CSSP should be paid from the first day of absence from work where the absence is for a coronavirus-related reason.

Employers could make back-dated refund claims from 13 March 2020 once the scheme was in place.

The government has just announced that refunds of CSSP will only be given for periods of absence from work up to and including 30 September 2021.

The good news is that the new regulations that close the CSSP refund scheme do allow employers to make claims and amend any claims up until 31 December 2021, so the clock is running down but employers still have a few months to get their claims in.

To find out if you can claim back CSSP, refer to this HMRC page.

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