Closure of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Closure of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Final claims for the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close on 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022. You have until 24‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022 to submit any new claims for your clients for absence periods up to 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022, or to amend claims you have already submitted.

Your clients will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for their employees’ coronavirus-related absences or self-isolation that occur after 17‌‌‌ ‌March‌‌‌ ‌2022.

From 25‌‌‌ ‌March, we will return to the normal SSP rules, which means employers can revert to paying SSP from the fourth qualifying day their employee is off work regardless of the reason for their sickness absence. For more information on SSP rules, search for ‘Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): employer guide’ on GOV‌‌.UK.

For more information on eligibility and how to make your final claims, search ‘check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay’ on GOV‌‌.UK.

Warning about scams

We’re sharing this additional advice to help keep you safe. Please also share it with your clients for their security.

If someone contacts you saying they’re from HMRC and wants you to transfer money urgently or give personal information, never let yourself be rushed. There are many different types of scam. Some threaten you with immediate arrest for tax evasion, others offer a tax rebate. Do not panic. We will never phone threatening you with arrest, only criminals do that.

Take your time and check ‘HMRC’s advice about scams’ on GOV‌‌.UK before you do anything. You can also phone us directly, but make sure you use our contact details on GOV‌‌.UK. The National Cyber Security Centre has a helpful guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cyber crime, which you can find at cyber‌‌‌aware.‌‌‌gov.‌‌‌uk.

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