HMRC publishes list of businesses claiming furlough
In a bid to reduce the fraud around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or Furlough Scheme, HMRC are publishing details of the businesses who are claiming. From January, a monthly report will list those businesses who have made a claim under the scheme, and from February, additional details will be announced.
The first publication, in January, and listing businesses who claimed in December, included just the names of the businesses, taken from PAYE scheme details.
In February and future months the data will include the value of the claim, within certain bands, and the Company or Limited Liability Partnership number.
HMRC have realised that by including some businesses in the list, there is a risk of intimidation or violence.
If you feel that your business being listed in the publication could be dangerous to you, an employee or any related individual, you can apply to HMRC to be omitted from the list.
We cannot make this application on your behalf, but you will need the following:
- Your employer Government Gateway ID and password
- Your employer PAYE reference number
- Your business name
- Your contact details
You must provide evidence of why you think there would be a serious risk. Evidence can be:
- written details of why you think publication could lead to the threat of violence or intimidation
- a police incident number if you’ve already been threatened or attacked
- photos of a previous threat or attack
- evidence of possible disruption or targeting
- any other material which can support your request
Further details and access to the online application process can be found here.