CJRS & BrightPay - where pay periods cross 2 tax year versions of BrightPay

Please Note: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on 30 September 2021. Claims for September must be submitted on or before 14 October 2021. Any amendments must be made on or before 28 October 2021.



Where pay periods cross over 2 tax year versions of BrightPay, we would like to bring to your attention a 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




  • Fortnightly pay period runs from 26th March – 8th April

  • Employee’s Furlough Pay for the pay period = £800

  • Pay Date - 8th April


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.


  • The CJRS Claim Report in 21-22 BrightPay can be used in the normal manner for the April claim (in this example to claim for the 8 days falling in April)

  • However, a March CJRS Claim Report for the dates 26th March - 31st March will not be possible to run in 20-21 BrightPay as the associated furlough pay resides in 21-22 BrightPay.


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. 





Need help? Support is available at 0345 9390019 or support@brightpay.co.uk.

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