COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS)

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Registrations are now open for the new COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) through ROS online.

This is an important first step in claiming the CRSS payment but the second step – making an actual claim – will not be available until mid-November.

Having said that, considering the number of people and businesses that will be applying for the CRSS payment you should register as soon as possible.

Do I Qualify for CRSS?

Under the CRSS, a qualifying person who carries on a business activity that is impacted by Covid-19 related restrictions, such that the business is required to prohibit or considerably restrict customers from accessing its premises, can make a claim to Revenue for a payment, subject to a maximum of €5,000, for each week that it is affected by the restrictions.

The weekly payment will be calculated by reference to the average weekly turnover for 2019 in respect of the relevant business activity as follows:  

  • 10% of average weekly turnover in 2019 up to €20,000
  • 5% of average weekly turnover in 2019 in excess of €20,000
  • and
  • subject to a maximum of €5,000

If your accountant is your Agent for ROS, you should get them to register for the scheme for you. If you manage ROS yourself, you will find the registration form for the scheme on ROS under ‘Manage Tax Registrations’.

You will need to have a few things to hand when registering;
If your business was trading prior to December 26th 2019, you will need to know the Jan 1st – Dec 31st 2019 figures for your;

  • Average Weekly Turnover exclusive of VAT
  • VAT on Sales (T1 Figure from the VAT Returns)
  • Any Income Other than Trading Income (e.g. rental income)
  • Along with a valid Tax Clearance Certificate

Download the full guidelines on the operation of the CRSS here.

Your Guide to the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS)

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