Job Retention Scheme – last claims reminder

Coronavirus, Payroll,

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or the Furlough scheme, is due to end on the 31st October. It will be replaced with the Job Support Scheme, in its various guises.

If you’ve used the Furlough scheme, it’s important to make sure that you submit your last claim by the 30th November, after which no new claims can be made.

As we’ve stressed throughout, please make sure that you keep careful records of your claims, in case HMRC want to check them later. You can now view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging on to your CJRS service from GOV.UK.

Although the window for declaring over claims has now closed, it’s still important to make sure that you do so, and declare and repay any overpayment before HMRC finds it!

If you’ve claimed too much and haven’t already repaid it, you must notify HMRC and repay the money by the latest of whichever date applies below:

  • 90 days from receiving funds you’re not entitled to
  • 90 days from the point circumstances changed so that you were no longer entitled to keep the funds

If you don’t do this, you may have to pay interest and a penalty as well as repaying the excess grant. For more information on interest search ‘Interest rates for late and early payments’ on GOV‌‌‌‌‌.‌‌‌UK.

If you have claimed too much but don’t plan to submit any further claims, you can let HMRC know and make a repayment online without needing to call them. Go to ‘Pay Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants back’ on GOV‌‌‌‌‌.‌‌‌‌‌‌UK.