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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) update – December 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) update – December 2020

30 November 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended to 31 March 2021 for all parts of the UK. From 1 November, the UK Government will pay 80% of employees’ usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The government will review the terms of the scheme in January.

You and your employees do not need to have benefited from the scheme before to claim for periods from 1 November.

What you need to do now

  • Submit any claims for November, no later than 14 December. You can claim before, during or after you process your payroll as long as your claim is submitted by the deadline
  • Keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grant you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them. You can view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on the Government website
  • For claim periods from 1 December, you cannot claim CJRS grants for any days that your employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement or resignation.

You can check if you’re eligible, and work out how much you can claim using HMRC’s CJRS calculator and examples, by clicking here.

Get all the information you need on how to make a claim by clicking here.

Claims deadlines

There are now monthly deadlines for claims. Claims for periods starting on or after 1 November must be submitted within 14 calendar days after the month they relate to, unless this falls on a weekend in which case the deadline is the next weekday. Your deadline to make claims for employees furloughed in November is Monday 14 December.

Publishing employers’ information

HMRC will publish the names, an indication of the value of claims and Company Registration Numbers of employers who make CJRS claims for periods from December onwards, and will write to you with details of when this information will be published.

For claim periods from December, your employees will also be able to check if you have made a CJRS claim on their behalf through their online Personal Tax Account. Click here to set up a Personal Tax Account.

Where you can get further support

Thousands of people have joined and benefited from HMRC’s live webinars which now offer more support on changes to CJRS, and how they affect you. Click here to book a webinar online.

You can also find a CJRS step-by-step guide for employers, summarising the latest information on CJRS and the steps you need to take to make a claim, by clicking here.

HMRC’s phone lines and webchat remain very busy, so the quickest way to find the support you need is on the Government website. This leaves phone lines and webchat service open for those who need them most.

Protect yourself from scams

Stay vigilant about scams which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Click here for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contacts.

You can forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599. Please also let the IGA know if you have been targeted by a scam so we can make other members aware.

If you need further assistance with any aspect of furlough, the IGA Member Helpline team is here to help. Call the direct member helpline, 0845 305 4230, or email enquiries@rmif.co.uk.