As you’re likely aware, the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) was introduced last year to help mitigate the adverse effects of the pandemic on employment. Affected employers could receive income support for their employees, helping avoid layoffs over the period that trade was restricted. A requirement to partaking in TWSS was that employers would need to carry out a reconciliation process after the scheme had reached completion. The first phase of this occurred in October 2020, where employers were required to submit reconciliation reports, as covered in our previous blog post.
This Monday (22 March 2021) the reconciliation window for TWSS opened. Between now and 30 June 2021 you will need to log into ROS, check the information recorded to be correct, make amendments if necessary, and submit your reconciliation.
If you haven’t already, you will receive a notification in your ROS inbox when your reconciliation information is available.
IMPORTANT: The deadline for completing the reconciliation is not until 30 June 2021. Before you review and accept your reconciliation balance on ROS, you need to read through Revenue’s guidance on the TWSS reconciliation to ensure that you complete it correctly. This provides a useful overview, as well as information on each key step of the reconciliation process.
In section 4 “How to review and correct subsidy paid data” we would recommend that you make any necessary amendments directly on ROS. This will immediately update your information to give you an up to date statement of account on submission.
Information about TWSS reconciliation can also be found in this Revenue Press Release, and in this Extensive Guide which covers the whole process in detail.
What Happens Next?
Whether or not you make any amendments to the amount of TWSS paid to your employees on ROS, Revenue will combine this information with any payments you have already made to issue you with a statement of account. This will show the amount that either you or Revenue owe to the other.
PRSI Corrections Post TWSS Reconciliation
The J9 PRSI class contributes to the number of insurable weeks of the last used non-J9 PRSI class. As a result, you’re unlikely to need to make any manual changes to the PRSI class.
However, where PRSI Class J9 was applied to your employees’ payslips and:
- You opted out / reversed out of TWSS;
- You were ineligible for TWSS;
- One or more of your employees were ineligible for TWSS; or
- Certain payslips were ineligible
then an adjustment may be required.
If Revenue has raised a PAYE or PRSI assessment with you for some or all of 26 March to 31 August 2020, then you should confirm with the caseworker whether you need to make any adjustments.
More information on changing PRSI classes on payslips for the TWSS period can be found here.
We hope that you have found the above information useful. If you have any questions on how the information above relates to SimplePay, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
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Keep well and stay safe.