Update 1 December 2020: Minister Nxesi has announced that the September / October TERS period will be the last of the scheme. To read the Government Gazette, follow this link.
Hello and welcome to another TERS update blog post. Our information today is taken from the UIF’s most recent update letters, which announced a post-verification audit and highlighted an issue with some applications for the most recent application period. You can read more about the 16 September to 15 October TERS application period in this recent blog post.
Post Verification Audit
The UIF has announced that audits of the TERS process will begin from 1 December 2020 and will last for an estimated period of six (6) months. The audits are to be completed by a number of named companies with expertise in this area. This is in line with the Memorandum of Agreement you signed to be able to partake in the TERS scheme.
The UIF requests that you keep at least the following information readily available in hard or electronic format in case you are contacted:
- UIF COVID TERS application pack
- There should be an application pack for each period which you applied to, containing the documents which you submitted;
- Bank statements relating to your COVID TERS application(s);
- Each employee’s HR file;
- *Payroll report from 1 January 2020 to July 2020;*
- Proof of payment to your employees; and
- Proof of any refunds to the UIF (if applicable).
*Thankfully, by using SimplePay all of your payroll information is in one centralised location! We hope that this helps you with any prospective bookkeeping which may follow.
NOTE: The information listed above contains personally sensitive information for both you and your employees. Because of this we would recommend that you verify the credentials of anyone who may contact you in this respect.
Issue with SOME September / October TERS Applications
The UIF has announced that some applications received for the 16 September to 15 October period, submitted before 10AM on Wednesday 25 November 2020 did not meet their system’s requirements. As a result, they have been rejected and if this applies to you, you will need to resubmit. The UIF won’t notify you if you fall within this set of applications, so if in any doubt you should check your application status.
This issue does not apply if you applied using SimplePay’s CSV, but if you have made applications manually, this may affect the employees for whom this was done.
Whether you submitted via CSV or manually, we recommend you log in to your TERS profile and look for the September / October applications in the Saved Employees section. If your applications appear then your submission is deemed to be correct and you don’t need to resubmit.
If you cannot find your applications for the September / October period, you must resubmit for your employees to receive TERS benefits for this period.
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].
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