Accountants and their clients have been advised by HMRC that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) is set to close on 17 March.
It means businesses have just until 24 March 2022 to submit any new claims for absence periods up to 17 March 2022 or to amend claims they have already submitted.
As a result, firms 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.
The SSPRS was reintroduced for eligible businesses last December always with the aim of coming to a close this month. This is despite the government being urged to extend it, as reported here.
Commenting on the rapidly approaching deadline, HMRC said:
“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.‘”
Accountants looking for information regarding eligibility and how to make final claims on behalf of their clients should search ‘check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay’ on the government website.