We are happy to start the blog today with news that applications for TERS benefits for the period of 16 September to 15 October are now open. We mentioned this previously in our blog post on the President’s national address, but we can now provide you with more details.
The application period opened yesterday, 23 November and runs until 31 December 2020. The eligibility criteria remain the same as for the 16 August to 15 September period, with more information available on this here. As always, you need to make the claim via the TERS portal and upload the relevant documents along with your application.
First Time Applicants
It is still possible for you to apply for TERS for the first time, but it should be noted that you will only be able to apply for the 16 September to 15 October period. If you wish to claim, you’ll need to activate your profile online as soon as possible on the TERS portal, following the instructions to sign the Memorandum of Association and Letter of Undertaking.
If you experience any difficulty you can call the UIF on 0800 030 007. They will provide you with a reference number, which can be used as evidence of your efforts to comply if your submission is late.
Our last blog post on TERS covered in detail many of the problems that have arisen through the bank verification steps. If you are continuing to experience any issues with bank verification, that post may provide a useful port of call.
As the bank verification process is fully automated, the details you provide have to exactly match those that the bank has. If in any doubt, please contact your bank to make sure that the details you input are correct.
The UIF has stated that It is ceasing to process manual UI-19 submissions. In its place, the UIF has introduced an online equivalent called Digital UI19. The aim of this is to streamline their operations and reduce the amount of manual inputting on their side.
SimplePay users, no need to be alarmed! With the exception of foreign employees, who have to be submitted separately for TERS, if you are a part of SimplePay we enable you to generate and send your UIF submissions from the SimplePay site. Easy, we know. This in turn means you don’t have to manually input data and can avoid the dreaded typo!
Because of this, you can read the following explanation on Digital UI19 safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to get to grips with new software.
So… Digital UI19, what is it?
Digital UI19 provides a way for employers to fill in an online spreadsheet with the relevant information, download it and then send it to the UIF, where it will be automatically processed. To us this sounds like a lot of extra typing. You could nonetheless do this and brush up on your touch typing (yawn)…
… or you could start / continue using SimplePay, make payroll a breeze and treat yourself with all that time you’ve saved!
We hope that this information has proved useful to you. If you have any questions on how the information above relates to SimplePay, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Equally, if you are not yet a client of SimplePay but would like to be, why not check out our website? Or, better yet, try out our service for free with our 30-day trial, get acquainted with our user-friendly service by reading our getting started page, or take our free online course.
Keep well and stay safe.