Furlough Claim Time Limit

If you have employees on either furlough or flexible furlough you should be aware of the new (tight!) timescales for making a claim with HMRC. 

The claim needs to be submitted within roughly 14 days after the end of the month for instance:

November 2020 claims- Claim by 14 December 2020
December 2020 claims- Claim by 14 January 2021
January 2021 claims- Claim by 15 February 2021
February 2021 claims- Claim by 15 March 2021
March 2021 claims- Claim by 14 April 2021

If you do not claim by the deadline you must have a “reasonable excuse” which are:
  • Partner or close relative passed away shortly before the deadline
  • You had a serious or life threatening illness which prevented you from making the claim and no one else could make it for you
  • You had an unexpected hospital stay that prevented you from making the claim 
  • Delays related to a disability prevented you from making your claim
  • You had a period of self-isolation which prevented you from making the claim and no one else could make it for you
  • Your computer or software failed just before or whilst you were making the claim online or service issues with HMRC prevented you from making the claim
  • Postal delays that could not have been predicated prevented you from making your claim
  • A fire, flood or theft prevented you from making the claim
  • HMRC error prevented you from making your claim
So make sure you don’t miss those claim deadlines to ensure a smooth furlough claim!
 

Authors: Stephanie Ball

Published: 22 Nov 2020

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