Certain proprietary directors can now claim EWSS - Crowe Ireland

Certain proprietary directors can now claim employment wage subsidy 

Certain proprietary directors can now claim EWSS - Crowe Ireland

As of 1 September 2020, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) replaces the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).

Revenue has just issued a press release with guidance on how proprietary directors can qualify for the EWSS. In simple terms “proprietary director” means a director of a company who is the beneficial owner of or is able either directly or indirectly, to control more than 15% of the ordinary share capital of the company. 

Employer companies wishing to claim the EWSS for a qualifying proprietary director must register for the EWSS before the first pay date for which EWSS is being claimed, as applications cannot be backdated.

According to Revenue’s press release, in order to be eligible for the EWSS, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • the employer meets the eligibility criteria for the EWSS,
  • the proprietary director is on the payroll of the eligible employer, and
  • the proprietary director has been paid wages which were reported to Revenue on the payroll of the eligible employer at any stage between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Where a person is a proprietary director of two or more eligible companies, a claim for EWSS can only be submitted in respect of a single company. In this situation, the following will apply:

  • the proprietary director will be required to elect one company for the purposes of making EWSS claims for the period of the scheme. The election will be deemed to be made on the first submission of an EWSS claim in respect of the proprietary director,
  • once an election is made it cannot be changed during the term of the scheme,
  • no claims for EWSS in respect of the same proprietary director should be submitted by the other companies.

Employers who are currently claiming the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) must separately register for the EWSS for pay dates from 1 September 2020, as different eligibility conditions apply to both schemes. 

Read our recent post for more detail on the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)

If you require assistance in accessing these supports or with any challenges you currently face during this crisis, please contact a member of the tax team or your normal Crowe contact.

Grayson Buckley, Partner, Tax - Crowe Ireland
Grayson Buckley
Partner, Tax
John Byrne, Partner, Tax - Crowe Ireland
John Byrne
Partner, Tax
Lisa Kinsella, Partner, Tax - Crowe Ireland
Lisa Kinsella
Partner, Tax