As you have probably noticed, there has been no movement on the TERS system for the last 2 weeks. The last payment was on 2 September 2020. This follows the UIF Commissioner being placed on precautionary suspension after a review of the system by the Auditor General. The system was also offline for a couple of days to implement some of the Auditor General recommendations. No payments have been made for the July/August period.
I am happy to report that the system is accessible again, however employers need to take cognisance of the following developments which has been announced in the last 24 hours.
- Deadline for TERS applications.
It was widely announced that TERS applications for April, May, June, July, and August will be terminated on 17 September 2020. This resulted in fierce backlash from lobby groups and awaiting official announcement, I can report that closing dates have been moved out as follows:
April and May applications 25 September 2020
June applications 15 October 2020
July/August applications 30 October 2020
This means that if companies have not applied for the relief fund benefit for the period of March/ April, they have until 25 September 2020 to submit their applications, thereafter that benefit period will be removed on the front-end of the system with no new applications allowed for that period. However, employers who have completed applications for all previous periods and have outstanding claims will still have front-end access for all the periods.
- Verification of employees with Department of Home Affairs (“DHA”)
All employees on the TERS system are now being verified with the DHA. This will have to be done for over 5 million employees and they estimate the process will take at least 2 weeks. UIF have indicated that they would not make any payments until this process is at least halfway completed. This new process might have an impact on the verification of foreign employees.
In good news, TERS relief benefit has been extended to 15 September 2020. We are waiting for an official announcement on when the September period will open.
What to do now?
For now, we can only wait for payments to resume.
It is imperative for all employers to provide constant feedback to employees.
We encourage all employers to process all outstanding claims onto the TERS portal. If you have not made submissions for the periods mentioned above because of no payments received, you can still apply for these periods. Under proof of payment option on the portal, attach a letter on company letterhead stating that no payments have been received.
Furthermore, employers should complete UIF declarations if there are still outstanding declarations and utilise the Ufiling system to complete them.
Start getting your evidence files together as you will probably be audited.
Most importantly, if you need to issue a refund to UIF on any overpayments, follow the steps below-:
- Deposit the refund into
- First National Bank
- Current account number: 51420056925
- Branch code: 23-31-45
- Reference: C…….UIF reference number (eg. C1234567/7)
- Send an email and attached the following documents to the new email address: email@example.com .
- Include bank statement or proof of payment, UIF reference number, payment breakdown report and a detailed reconciliation of the payment.
If you need assistance with completing TERS application or have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Stefan :083 641 5570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kutlwano:011 447 6518 or email email@example.com