How to make a claim
A two-step process is necessary to make a claim under COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS). The eligible business must both:
- register for CRSS on Revenue Online Service (ROS)
- complete a claim in respect of a claim period or claim periods.
How to register
To register for CRSS on ROS, your eligible business must:
- make a declaration that it meets the eligibility criteria for the scheme
- have tax clearance
- provide certain information in relation to the business activity, the business premises and previous turnover details.
A claim period is a period during which a business is subject to Government restrictions. The restrictions mean that the business must prohibit or restrict members of the public from accessing their business premises. A claim period can be up to a maximum of 3 weeks.
A business premises means a building or other similar fixed physical structure from which a business activity is ordinarily carried on.
A business could have more than one claim period for the duration of the scheme. Different levels of restrictions may apply to different types of businesses across different regions.
A business can make a claim as early as the first day of a claim period. The claim will be for the number of full weeks that the COVID-19 restrictions are expected to apply to that business premises. A business will be expected to re-assess their eligibility before making a claim for a new claim period.
The facility to register and to make a claim is available on ROS. Eligible businesses must ensure that they are fully registered to allow them make claim.
Businesses are encouraged to register and to make a claim as early as possible. Businesses who have been subject to COVID-19 restrictions since 13 October 2020 will be entitled to make a claim.
A claim must be made no later than eight weeks from the date on which the claim period commences.
More detailed information on claim periods is contained in the CRSS guidelines.
A business, in certain circumstances, will be eligible to claim an additional week of support under the scheme. This will be known as the “Restart Week” and will apply to businesses recommencing after a period of restrictions. The purpose of the additional week of support is to assist businesses with the costs of reopening.
More detailed information on the operation of the Restart Week is contained in the CRSS guidelines.
The turnover details provided for registration must be consistent with the information included in the books and records of your business. This will be validated against the information already held on Revenue systems including relevant tax returns.
How to complete a claim
To make a claim for CRSS on ROS, your eligible business must:
- complete a claim in respect of a claim period or claim periods
- make a declaration that the claim is correct and complete.
Supporting documentation is not required to be submitted with the claim. Revenue may request documentation to verify the claim at a later date.
*The above process is taken from Revenue.ie (https://www.revenue.ie/en/self-assessment-and-self-employment/crss/how-to-make-a-claim.aspx)