The Government has changed the deadlines for employers lodging furlough claims with HMRC. Claims from 1 November 2020 must be submitted by 11.59pm 14 calendar days after the month you are claiming for.
|Claim for furlough days in
||Claim must be submitted by
||14 December 2020
||14 January 2021
||15 February 2021
||15 March 2021
||14 April 2021
If you miss a deadline, HMRC may accept your claim if you have a 'reasonable excuse' for failing to make a claim in time. You must ensure that you make a claim without delay after the reasonable excuse no longer applies. The Government has listed the following examples which may amount to a reasonable excuse:
- 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 them 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
For more information contact Emma Swan in our Employment & HR department
via email or phone on 0333 207 1154.
Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.