The Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme
The Coronavirus SSP Rebate Scheme will repay Statutory sick pay (SSP) to you for any current or former employee that you have paid SSP on or after 13th March 2020. If you top-up your employee’s pay while they are off sick you can only claim the SSP. Employees don’t have to provide proof of sickness for you to make a claim to HMRC.
The repayment covers up to two weeks starting from the employee’s first day of sickness, if the employee is unable to work because either:
- Have Corona Virus (COVID-19) symptoms.
- Can’t work because they are self-isolating because some-one they live with has symptoms.
- Are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.
Who can use the coronavirus SSP Scheme?
The scheme can be used by employers if they:
- Are claiming for an employee who is eligible for SSP due to coronavirus.
- Had a PAYE scheme that was created on or before 28th February 2020
- Had fewer than 250 employees on the February 2020.
Get ready to claim
To use the online service you will need your Government gateway user ID.
Working out your claim
You can claim for multiple pay periods and employees at the same time. If you are making multiple claims, these claim periods can overlap.
To complete your claim you will need the start date and end dates of your claim period.
- The start date of your claim is the start date of the earliest pay period you are claiming for – If the pay period started before the 13th March you will need to use 13th March as the start date.
- The end date of the most recent pay period you are claiming for – You can only can only claim for SSP paid in arrears so this must be dated on or before the date you make your claim.
What you will need
To process your claim, you will need the following information.
- Your employer PAYE Scheme reference number.
- A contact name and phone number in case HMRC need to get in contact with you.
- A UK bank or building society details (only where a BACS payment can be accepted)
- The total amount of coronavirus SSP you’ve paid to employees for the claim period – this should not exceed the weekly rate that is set.
- The number of employees you are claiming for.
- The start and end date of the claim.
The COVID-19 SSP Reclaim Details report
The COVID-19 SSP Reclaim Details report picks up any COVID-19 SSP payments that you have made to your employees and gathers all the information you need to make your claim to HMRC.
If you used the manual SSP option to process any COVID-19 related SSP, the report won’t include the manual SSP.
Download and install the report
- You will need to download the report
- COVID119SSP report
If you have problems finding this report on Sage’s website please contact us.
- If prompted save the file, make a note of the file name, report. Depending on your web browser, the file may automatically download to your Downloads folder.
- Browse to where you want to save it, for example, the Windows Desktop.
- Click Save.
- Locate and right-click the saved report file, then click Copy.
- In Sage 50 Payroll, click Help, then About and then click Program Details.
- Click the path to the Report directory.
- Double-click ABSENCE, then click Edit then Paste.
- Close the window.
Running the COVID-19 SSP Reclaim Details report
- From the Employee List, select the required employees.
- Click Reports then click Absence.
- Click the COVID-19 SSP Reclaim Details then click Preview.
- In Claim Period enter the required date range
- in the CV-19 SSP Pay Element, select the required pay element.
This is the name of the pay element that you used to process any COVID-19 related SSP. For example, Coronavirus SSP
- Click OK.
The COVID-19 SSP Reclaim Report generates and displays the following information:
- The start and end date of the claim.
- The number of employees in this claim
- The total amount for this claim
- Your PAYE reference
- Your bank account number and sort code.
You can use the information on this report to submit your claim on HMRC’s portal.
If you would like help downloading the COVID-19 SSP Reclaim report or running the report or need any other help or advice with your payroll please contact us