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COVID-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021, and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021.

What's changing?

  • The level of grant will be reduced starting from 1 July, 2021. Employers will be asked to contribute towards the cost of their furloughed employees' wages.
  • Employers must continue to pay furloughed employees a minimum of 80% of their wages (up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they spend on furlough), to be eligible for the grant. Note: The government's contribution to the 80% will be reducing over the coming months.

Click here to see the government contributions available in the coming months, along with the required employer contribution and amount that the employee receives per month.

For more information please visit HMRC Guidance: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

What do I need to make a claim?

In order to make a claim, you will need to provide complete tracking and reporting information to HMRC.

  1. Start by going to Payroll settings.
  2. Now select Pay Categories, and then Add.
  3. Leave PAYE Exempt and Exempt from National Insurance unticked to ensure PAYE and NI are calculated.
  4. Select Save.
  5. Go back to your list of Employees and select a furloughed employee.
  6. Go to Pay rates.
  7. Select your newly created category and tick the Show in Pay Run box.

To run and export the Employee Contact List report:

  1. In Reports and under the Employees section, select Employee Contact List.
  2. Select Run report.
  3. Click the export icon and select Export to Excel.

To run and export the Gross To Net Report:

  1. In Reports and under the Payroll Reports section, select Gross To Net Report.
  2. Select Run report to run the report for the period required.
  3. Click Download to export the report as a CSV or Excel file.

If you have any further questions, visit our community page where experts are ready to assist.

  1. Start your pay run, and then click Edit next to one employee.
  2. Select Add/edit a Bonus or other payment.
  3. Click the + plus icon in the top right and select Other earnings as the type.
  4. Name the item something along the lines of Furloughed employee pay.
  5. Enter in the employee’s payment amount for the period.
  6. Select Save and Done.
  7. Edit all other furloughed employees on the pay run, and add in the payment category you have created.
  8. Select Review payroll to check that everything is in order.
  9. Once you're happy with it, Confirm and submit your payroll to HMRC as normal.

Note: For hourly workers in Standard Payroll please see managing hourly workers in QuickBooks Online Standard Payroll.

  1. Run the Employee Contact List report and export to Excel.
  2. Run the Gross to Net report for the period required.

If you have any further questions, visit our community page where experts are ready to assist.

Now that you have the required data, you can reclaim the wage costs for your furloughed employees on the Government Gateway Coronavirus Job Retention Portal.

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