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Nov 2020

Time is ticking - Limits for Furlough Claims

What are the new deadlines to submit a furlough claim? If you miss a deadline, in what circumstances might you fall within the exceptions?

There are new tight timescales for lodging a furlough claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) with HMRC.

What are the deadlines?

There are now monthly deadlines for furlough claims.

Claims falling on or after 1 November 2020, must be submitted within 14 days of the following month of which the claim relates to, unless there is a “reasonable excuse for failing to submit the claim in time”.

Claim for furlough days in:

November 2020 - must be submitted by 14 December 2020

December 2020 -  must be submitted by 14 January 2021

January 2021 - must be submitted by 15 February 2021

February 2021 - must be submitted by15 March 2021

 March 2021 - must be submitted by14 April 2021

What is a “reasonable excuse”?

The HMRC guidance has been amended to provide businesses with examples of when this exception ‘may’ be permitted for missing a deadline:

  • The loss of a partner or close relative shortly before the claim deadline;
  •  An unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your claim;
  • A serious or life-threatening illness, including Coronavirus related illnesses, which prevented you from making your claim and no one else was able to make the claim for you;
  • A period of self-isolation which prevented you from making your claim and no one else could make the claim for you;
  • Your computer or software failed just before or while you were preparing your online claim or service issues with HMRC online services prevented you from making your claim;
  • A fire, flood or theft prevented you from making your claim;
  • Postal delays that you could not have predicted which prevented you from making your claim;
  • Delays related to a disability which prevented you from making your claim;
  • A HMRC error prevented you from making your claim.

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