In this blog post we will look at the recently announced extension in the time allowed to complete the July 2021 EWSS online eligibility check to 15 August 2021 and the consequences of that extension. We will also note some recently discovered errors with the EWSS online system which were identified after the applications process started and which are currently being dealt with by Revenue.
July 2021 Online Eligibility Check Extension
As noted above, the deadline for the July 2021 EWSS eligibility check has been extended from 30 July to 15 August 2021.
EWSS online eligibility check is set up so that the first time you complete it you are required to provide details of your actual turnover for the first 6 months of 2019 and 2021, as well as monthly projections for the remaining 6 months of 2021.
Then, on the 15th of each following month, you are required to update the projections you provided with the actual turnover value for the previous month.
Please note that two submissions will now be due on 15 August 2021, due to the extended deadline:
- The first submission with the 2019 data, 2021 data and July estimates; and
- The second submission being the July actual figures update.
Recently there have been a few errors with Revenue’s eligibility check process, especially in relation to the completion of the Eligibility Review Form (“ERF”). There are three main categories of errors which have come up so far and that Revenue are dealing with:
1 – ERF eligibility check for businesses which commenced between 1 January and 31 October 2019
Eligibility is assessed by comparing your 2019 submissions with those of the equivalent period in 2021 and unfortunately when the ERF was developed, the 2019 figures were annualised and compared with 2021 actual amounts. This has had unintended consequences whereby a relatively small number of submissions have been incorrectly deemed ineligible or eligible for EWSS.
Ineligible Business / Not Claiming
- A business who is ineligible is not required to complete the online eligibility check and should deregister for EWSS.
- If such an employer completes it (for whatever reason) and the ERF incorrectly states they are eligible, this should be ignored and EWSS should not be claimed.
- Any EWSS claimed in error should be refunded.
Eligible Business Intending to claim
- Completion of the ERF is required for eligible businesses who are claiming EWSS.
- those who are incorrectly deemed ineligible, please make contact through MyEnquiries seeking to have the stop on EWSS payment removed.
A solution here is being looked at seriously and will be announced as soon as implemented.
2 – ERF declaration for businesses which commenced between 1 January and 31 October 2019
It seems that Revenue has had an influx of communication from employers who have displayed a reluctance to sign the declaration due to the fact that the 2019 totals showing on the submission differ from those submitted due to the 2019 annualization by the system (discussed above).
Revenue has advised that employers should sign this declaration if they are satisfied the figures entered by them are correct. They are currently working on revised wording for declarations by these businesses and will advise when it is available.
3 – Employers with more than one business type
There are three categories of employers (business type) for selection at the initial stage of the ERF completion:
- Registered childcare businesses;
- New Businesses (those who commenced after 1 November 2019); and
- All Others.
In instances where employers fit into ‘All Others’ as well as one of the other two, they should select the ‘All Others’ option and ignore any other applicable options.
Where employers have a number of eligible businesses, one ERF should be completed with details of all eligible businesses included.
4 – The ‘New Business’
There have been situations where employers of entities which have activity prior to 1 November 2019 have selected ‘New Business’ and have consequently been rejected.
Where employers have incorrectly selected this option, contact should be made through ‘MyEnquiries’ setting out details of error made and seeking that same be amended.
Any further queries on the above should be directed to the appropriate Revenue channel.
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