The furlough claim process from 1 November is still the same but claim windows are now much shorter. Claims have to be submitted within two weeks of the end of the previous calendar month, unless there is a reasonable excuse for failing to make a claim in time.
Furlough Claim Deadlines
Furlough Claim Days Claim Submitted By
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
April 2021 14 May 2021
HMRC's List of Reasonable Excuses
The HMRC has amended its guidance stating that the following examples 'may' amount to a reasonable excuse for missing the deadline for furlough claims:
- 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).
- 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.
- A HMRC error prevented you from making your claim.
Employers Cannot Claim For Notice Pay Periods From 1 December
Employers are reminded of the important change to notice period claims from 1 December 2020, as shown below.
The government has confirmed that employers cannot claim for employees serving contractual or statutory notice periods for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 to 31 January 2021.
If you need to clarify how this change will affect your business, then please contact a member of our team.
Furlough Rates 80% From 1 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
The government is committed to paying 80% of employees' wages from 1 November 2020 - 30 April 2021 for the time they haven't worked, up to £2,500 per month. Employers need to meet the cost of National Insurance payments and pension contributions.
The government had initially confirmed that they would pay 80% from 1 November 2021 - 31 January 2021, at which point the level of support offered was reviewed. Due to the increased national lockdowns required to contain the spread of the virus, the government extended the 80% furlough rate until 30 April 2021 to further support businesses during this crisis period. The next financial support measures are expected to be outlined in the Chancellor's Budget, expected to take place on 3 March 2021.
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