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 in||Claim must be submitted by|
|November 2020||14 December 2020|
|December 2020||14 January 2021|
|January 2021||15 February 2021|
|February 2021||15 March 2021|
|March 2021||14 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:
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 email@example.com
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