HMRC will be making furlough claims public

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Any employers who believe there is a serious risk of violence or intimidation from divulging their details, will need to contact HMRC.

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Yes, from the 1st December 2020, HMRC will be disclosing details of employers who claim for periods starting on or after the 1st December 2020.

HMRC’s reasons for doing so is to deter fraudulent claims. 
The information disclosed will include:

  • employer’s name
  • an indication of the value of the claim (within a banded range)
  • the company number for companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)

The banded ranges are:

  • £1 to £10,000
  • £10,001 to £25,000
  • £25,001 to £50,000
  • £50,001 to 100,000
  • £100,001 to £250,000
  • £250,001 to £500,000
  • £500,001 to £1,000,000
  • £1,000,001 to £2,500,000
  • £2,500,001 to £5,000,000
  • £5,000,001 to £10,000,000
  • £10,000,001 to £25,000,000
  • £25,000,001 to £50,000,000
  • £50,000,001 to £100,000,000
  • £100,000,001 and above

We understand HMRC will be improving the information available to furloughed employees by including the details of claims which have been made for them (for claim periods starting on or after the 1st December 2020) in their personal tax account on GOV.UK. 

Details of employers claiming through the furlough scheme will not be published if HMRC believe that by publicising the details it would result in a serious risk of violence or intimidation to certain individuals or any individual living with them. 

HMRC will also not publish details of employers claiming through the scheme if these businesses can show that going public with their details would result in a serious risk of violence or intimidation to certain relevant individuals within the company, or any individual living with them. The list of individuals included can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#history

Any employers who believe there is a serious risk of violence or intimidation from divulging their details, will need to contact HMRC and provide evidence of why they believe this. Evidence could include a police incident number, documentary evidence of a threat or attack such as photos, voice recordings or evidence of targeting or disruption. 

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