Dear customer,

We’re writing to you to let you know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service is now open.

Your clients could be eligible for support if they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30 November 2021, and they’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to their employees for coronavirus-related sickness absences.

Employers could reclaim up to two weeks’ SSP they have paid to their employees, at the relevant standard weekly rate of £96.35, for any eligible periods of coronavirus-related sickness from 21 December 2021. This is a new claims period.

Your clients could claim to cover the costs for up to two weeks of SSP for an employee who takes time off because of coronavirus, regardless of whether employers claimed for that employee under the previous scheme.

You can make claims on behalf of your client.

For full guidance, including eligibility and how to make a claim, search ‘coronavirus-related SSP’ on GOV‌‌‌.UK.

A warning about scams

If someone contacts you saying they’re from HMRC and wants you to urgently transfer money or give personal information, never let yourself be rushed.

There are many different types of scam. Some threaten you with immediate arrest for tax evasion, others offer a tax rebate. Do not panic. We will never phone threatening you with arrest, only criminals do that.

Take your time and check HMRC’s advice about scams on GOV‌‌‌.UK before you do anything. You can also phone us directly, but make sure you use our contact details on GOV‌‌‌.UK.

Yours faithfully

Jim Harra

Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary – HMRC

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