Updated Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme Guide released by Revenue

On 23 August 2021, Revenue published an updated Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) guide. In today’s blog post we will do a short recap on the recent developments to the EWSS, the updates in the new guide and the implications thereof for employers currently claiming under the EWSS. 

Online Eligibility Test

As discussed in our previous blog post on the topic, employers are required to complete an online employer Eligibility Review Form (ERF) through ROS on a monthly basis, by the 15th of each following month in order to remain eligible to claim EWSS. 

Compliance with Extended Online Eligibility Checks 

The June 2021 period was used as the first ERF to assess eligibility for pay dates from 1 July 2021 and this should have been completed and submitted online by employers intending to claim EWSS. Employers were required to submit:

  1. details of actual turnover (excluding VAT) for the first 6 months of 2019 and 2021; and 
  2. monthly projections for the remaining 6 months of 2021.

Revenue previously provided an extension in the deadline for submitting both the June and July Eligibility Review Forms (ERFs) to 15 August 2021. With effect from 1 September 2021, EWSS subsidies will be suspended for those employers whose ERFs from June and July are still outstanding.

Continued Review / Withdrawal from EWSS

This eligibility review must be undertaken on a rolling monthly basis  and will continue to consist of comparing the actual and projected business performance over the period January to December 2021 for pay dates, as illustrated in the updated EWSS guide.

On the 15th of every subsequent month during this period, employers will need to provide details of the actual monthly figures for the previous month, together with a reviewed original projection provided to ensure they remain valid. This can be summarised as follows: 

Submission Due DateActual Monthly Figures to be returnedProjected Monthly Figured to be returned
15 August 2021(closed)January to December 2019January to June 2021July to December 2021
15 August 2021(closed)July 2021August to December 2021
15 September 2021August 2021September to December 2021
15 October 2021September 2021October and December 2021
15 November 2021October 2021November to December 2021
15 December 2021November 2021December 2021

Failure to Submit

Revenue has reminded employers that the monthly online eligibility process is mandatory for employers who wish to claim, or continue to claim, in terms of the EWSS. Employers who do not submit their figures by the prescribed due date(s) will be at risk of having their EWSS payments put on hold and will have to flag this with Revenue to resolve.

Employers who are currently at risk of having their claims frozen will be notified directly by Revenue. 

Annualising of Turnover

As mentioned in a previous blog, the total turnover for businesses which commenced between 1 January and 1 October 2021 for 2019 was annualised by ROS and this may have resulted in some employers incorrectly being deemed eligible or ineligible. 

Employers who are satisfied that their monthly figures are correct and that they qualify in terms of the requirements of EWSS should continue to sign and submit their ERF and contact Revenue via MyEnquiries to ensure timely payment. 

In contrast, any employer who is incorrectly deemed eligible should deregister for EWSS and cease claiming subsidies.

Multiple Businesses

It should be noted that employers with a number of separate business divisions should submit one ERF each month incorporating the information for all eligible businesses.

Detailed Guidance on Completing an ERF

Appendix I of the updated EWSS guide contains a detailed overview, with screenshots, of how to complete the EWSS Eligibility Review Form on ROS and should be referred to by any employers still struggling with the process.

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