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23 December 2020

New Eligibility Criteria for EWSS from 1 January 2021

The Minister for Finance introduced changes to the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) during the Committee Stage amendments to Finance Bill 2020 and the Revenue Commissioners published updated guidelines on 18 December 2020.


What is it

EWSS was introduced as part of the July Jobs Stimulus Plan and is due to expire on 31 March 2021. It applies to employers from all sectors.

The current EWSS rates are:

Gross weekly pay EWSS
Less than €151.50 Nil
€151.50 to €202.99 €203
€203 to €299.99 €250
€300 to €399.99 €300
€400 to €1,462 €350
Over €1,462 Nil
Changes from 1 January 2021

The primary criteria for qualification is that the employer must demonstrate that their business is expected to experience a 30% reduction in turnover or customer orders between 1 July and 31 December 2020 for 2020 paydates.

However, for paydates in 2021 the employer must demonstrate that due to Covid-19 their business is expected to experience a 30% reduction in turnover or in customer orders received in the period from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021 compared to the period from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 (if the business was in existence prior to 1 July 2019).

 

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Please do not hesitate to contact me at the email address below or phone our Tax Team if you need any assistance claiming the EWSS.

Keep safe, take care of yourselves, your family, and work colleagues in the current very challenging circumstances.


Further Information

Please see the link to the latest Revenue Guidelines on the operation of EWSS

Click Here

 

Contact Caroline

Caroline Murphy / Senior Tax Manager

c.murphy@pkffpm.com

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