IMPORTANT UPDATES to the time limits for Furlough Claims
20 November 2020
The claims under the extended CJRS scheme must be submitted within two weeks of the end of the previous calendar month, unless there is a reasonable excuse for failing to make such claim in time.
- 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
Yesterday the Government amended its guidance to give examples of what a reasonable excuse for failing to make a claim in time could be.
HMRC may accept a claim that has been made after the relevant deadline if:
- 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 whilst 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; or
- A HMRC error prevented you from making your claim.
Please note that this guidance states that HMRC will not consider reasonable excuses in advance of a claim deadline.
For all queries of this nature, please contact our employment team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office on 01254 828 300