BrightPay provides two independent tools to assist users who have furloughed employees under HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS):
The following are notes of importance with regard to the operation of these.
For a pay period covered by multiple claim periods, we apportion the pay period's gross pay into each claim period on a daily basis, where each day has a relative weighting in line with the maximum daily wage amounts as stipulated by HMRC. This is the only method that guarantees accuracy in all scenarios.
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In some instances, users may see a few pence difference if comparing HMRC's calculations with those calculated in BrightPay.
This is because the published HMRC calculations are based on rounded amounts for making manual calculation easier. BrightPay uses a more direct and accurate algorithmic version of the calculation instead (similar to those used in NIC calculations) which can result in the few pence difference.
Where pay periods cross over 2 tax year versions of BrightPay, we would like to bring to your attention the following scenario where BrightPay will unfortunately be unable to produce a CJRS Claim Report and in turn automatically ascertain reclaimable amounts for you.
This is due to the nature of how BrightPay is programmed, in that 21-22 BrightPay will install as a separate program to 20-21 BrightPay.
Scenario: your pay period commences in March and has a pay date falling after 6th April 2021
The pay data for this pay period will be processed in 21-22 BrightPay. As the pay period however crosses 2 calendar months, 2 claims are required to reclaim the furlough pay – a March claim to cover the dates falling in March and an April claim for the dates falling in April.
In this instance, users will thus be required to manually calculate the reclaimable March furlough pay element and process in the normal manner through HMRC's claim portal.
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