I am using QBO.
The new Employment Allowance is due for 2020/2021, I wondered how this will work alongside the Governments Job Retention Scheme? If we benefit from the allowance according to QB calculations then I can see people also claiming the full amount through the Job Retention Scheme Portal that they are working on releasing. Meaning that Employers would benefit twice!
This is an old post but an interesting point - and it seems that HMRC had the same thought @sarahgress01
It's quite badly worded but HMRC's guidance now states that grant for Employer's NIC should not be claimed if none is due - essentially, that EA should be taken off any claim before submitting.
(it also makes clear that employer's should not be claiming NIC grant for employees who they would not normally be paying NIC for - i.e. NIC Codes H,M,Z).
It does lead to other questions though.
(1) if your CJRS claim includes amounts from March (month 12 of 2019-20) & your EA from 19-20 has been used up, you can claim for employer's NIC for this - but maybe not for April (month 1 of 20-21).
(2) a larger employer would probably exhaust the EA in Month 1 - can they hold off making a claim till May & thereby have the double benefit?