Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update: Portal launch on 20 April

Please see our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme page for the latest information on the scheme. 

Access our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Claim Form

For those companies that have furloughed staff and need to know how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim can be made, we have obtained an update from HMRC.

The portal where claims can be made will be launched by HMRC on Monday 20 April. HMRC are expecting their phone service to be under intense pressure and so the portal is designed to be a self-serve function with guidance in place when it is launched.

HMRC have confirmed that where agent authority is in place with HMRC for PAYE matters, agents will be able to make the claim on behalf of their clients. If agents or payroll bureaus are ‘file only agents’ i.e. file payroll with no HMRC authority, they will not be able to make the claim.

At BKL we are well prepared to assist both clients and contacts of the firm. If we are not your agent then we can ask for authority from HMRC so that we can make claims on your behalf.

If you would like help using the form or with any other aspects of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, please get in touch with your usual BKL contact or use our enquiry form.

Our coronavirus hub is continually updated with guidance and information on all the government’s schemes to support businesses and individuals.



Sam Inkersole

In 2022, Sam won the Taxation’s Rising Star award at the Taxation Awards in and was named in the Accountancy Age 35 Under 35.

Jon Wedge

While Jon’s client work focuses on the financial services sector, he also oversees the firm’s assurance service, as well as supporting the trainees following in his footsteps.


Elana joined us in 2017 as an ACA trainee, after graduating from Durham University where she had studied languages. She is now a manager in our assurance team.


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