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Time Limits for Furlough Claims – Important

Time Limits for Furlough Claims – Important

Have you been using the governments Coronavirus Job Retentions Scheme (CRJS) for employees you have furloughed or flexibly furloughed?  If so, it is important to remember that all claims for periods from 1 July 2020 to 31 October 2020 must be submitted no later than 30 November 2020.

The government have now set new tight timescales for lodging a furlough claim with the HMRC.  Claims from 1 November 2020 must be submitted by 11.59pm, 14 calendar days after the month you’re claiming for (see below), unless there is a “reasonable excuse for failing to make a claim in time”. If this time falls on the weekend or a bank holiday, then claims should be submitted on the next working day.

These are the deadlines:

Claim for furlough days inClaim must be submitted by
November 202014 December 2020
December 202014 January 2021
January 202115 February 2021
February 202115 March 2021
March 202114 April 2021


On the 19th November 2020, the government amended its guidance to give examples of what ‘may’ amount to a reasonable excuse for employers missing the deadline:

  • your partner or another close relative died shortly before the claim deadline;
  • you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your claim;
  • you had a serious or life-threatening illness, including Coronavirus related illnesses, which prevented you from making your claim (and no one else could claim for you);
  • a period of self-isolation 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;
  • 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 prevented you from making your claim;
  • delays related to a disability you have prevented you from making your claim;
  • a HMRC error prevented you from making your claim.

HMRC will not consider reasonable excuses in advance of a claim deadline.

If you want to delete a claim in the online service, you must do this within 72 hours of starting it.

If you need guidance or advice on this matter, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email Fiona on fiona@practicalhr.co.uk

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