The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme - Important Update
The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) will replace the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) from September 1st 2020. Revenue are currently working through the finer details of the scheme. Below is some information to help you understand the scheme and to help prepare for it should you choose to avail of it.
The scheme provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the number of paid and eligible employees on the employer’s payroll. The scheme is expected to operate until 31st March 2021.
- It is important to note that TWSS will cease on August 31st 2020.
- Employers wishing to avail of EWSS must register for it via ROS. Revenue are planning to have the registration facility available from August 19th.
- Employers must hold up to date tax clearance to register for the scheme and to receive the subsidy payments.
- Employers must be able to demonstrate that their turnover or customer orders between July 1st and December 31st 2020 are expected to suffer at least a 30% reduction as a result of Covid-19. Further information on the qualifying criteria can be found here.
- Registered childcare providers can avail of the EWSS without the requirement to meet the 30% reduction in turnover or customer orders.
- Employers must review their eligibility status on the last day of every month to ensure they continue to meet the eligibility criteria, if they no longer qualify they should deregister for EWSS with effect from the following day (1st of the month)
- Proprietary directors were due to be excluded from the scheme. It is now expected that they will be included where they retain ‘ordinary’ employees on the payroll.
- The subsidy will be paid to employers monthly after the return due date (14th of the following month).
- Any changes made to payroll submissions after the return due date will not be processed for subsidy payments.
Please note, gross pay includes notional pay and is before any deductions for pension, salary sacrifice etc
- Employers will be required to pay employees in the normal manner i.e. calculating and deducting Income Tax, USC and employee PRSI through payroll.
- EWSS is a subsidy paid to an employer. It will not show on payslips or in myAccount.
A 0.5% rate of employers PRSI will continue to apply for employments that are eligible for the subsidy. This is expected to work as follows:
- PRSI will be calculated as normal via payroll e.g. on PRSI class A1.
- Revenue will calculate a PRSI credit by calculating the difference between the rate on the normal class and the 0.5%.
- The credit will show on the Statement of Account to reduce the employer’s liability to Revenue.
TWSS and EWSS will run in parallel from 1st July to 31st August. Employees already on TWSS must remain on TWSS until the end of August. Employers wishing to operate the scheme from July 1st i.e. for employees not eligible for TWSS, should process the payroll for these employees in the normal manner and Revenue will review these cases at a later date and refund the subsidy due.
Revenue plan to cater for this via myEnquiries. This will require employers to provide Revenue with the employee details etc. Payment should be made to employers in September.
A list of employers availing of EWSS will be published in January 2021 and April 2021 to www.revenue.ie.
Software Upgrades (to cater for EWSS)
We plan to release upgrades for Thesaurus Payroll Manager and BrightPay in the week commencing 24th August. Revenue are still fine tuning the details of the scheme and how it will interact with PAYE Modernisation. Therefore, unfortunately, we will be unable to release upgrades any earlier than this.