Furlough Scheme Late Claims

Coronavirus, Payroll,

Under the Furlough Scheme, claims can be made to HMRC up to 14 days before the payroll is run. You can also claim up to 14 calendar days after the month you’re claiming for. There is however some leeway if your claim isn’t made by this deadline.

For claims after 1st November 2020, HMRC may accept late claims if you have all of the following:

  • A reasonable excuse.
  • Taken reasonable care to try and claim on time.
  • Claimed without delay as soon as you were able to.

What is ‘a reasonable excuse’?

HMRC gives the following examples in their guidance:

  • 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 which prevented you from making your claim.
  • An HMRC error prevented you from making your claim.

How to make a late claim

You will need to contact HMRC to make a late claim.

Telephone number: 0800 024 1222

8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday


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