Jim Harra, HMRC Chief confirmed to the Treasury Select Committee on 8 April 2020 that the Portal for applications for the Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) will open on 20th April 2020.
The portal is currently being testing and they hope to administer 450,000 applications per hour.
Applications can be submitted 14 days in advance of running payroll with payments being made 4 – 6 (working) days thereafter (around 30 April 2020).
More information about how to claim is expected next week including what documents you may require.
HMRC has also confirmed anyone found to be knowingly defrauding the scheme will face criminal conviction.