23rd November, 2020
Further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) guidance were published on 19 November 2020.
In our recent article regarding the guidance and new Treasury Direction (see here) we referenced that deadlines would now apply for submitting CJRS claims. The guidance confirmed that a claim can be made before, during, or after you process your payroll, as long as the claim is submitted by the relevant claim deadline (see table below).
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
The guidance confirmed that a claim may be accepted after the relevant deadline if there was a “reasonable excuse for failing to make a claim in time and you then claimed without delay after the excuse no longer applied”.
Importantly, the guidance has now been updated to contain a list of reasonable excuses, which HMRC may accept:
In addition to the above, a number of other minor amendments have been made including amended examples on how to calculate furloughed employees wages.
Demi Fawzi-Perrin comments:
“With employers having to constantly adapt to the changing landscape of the pandemic response, there is always the risk that deadlines are missed. Clarification of what constitutes a reasonable excuse is therefore welcome. That said, the scope of what amounts to a reasonable excuse is narrow and employers should therefore take all reasonable steps to ensure the deadlines are met otherwise they risk their claims being invalidated. To discuss the updates to the scheme guidance in more detail, contact a member of the team here”.
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