December 2020 update to the Job Retention Scheme Key Dates
The UK Government has reviewed the terms of the scheme, and announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain at the current level of 80% of usual wages for the hours not worked, and will be extended until the end of April 2021.
November furlough claim deadline was 14 December.
If you did not submit your claim by this date, HMRC may still accept it if you have a reasonable excuse for not claiming by the deadline. Go to GOV.UK and search 'claim for wages' for more support.
Please note that reasonable excuses do not apply to late claims for periods before November, which should have been submitted already.
What you need to do now
1. If you haven't submitted your claim for November but still need to, check if you have a reasonable excuse by searching 'claim for wages' - if your reason means you can claim late, please do so as soon as you're able to.
2. Check you have not made any errors on your November claims, by looking at the eligibility criteria and calculating how much you can claim - search 'Job Retention Scheme' on GOV.UK.
3. Submit any claims for December no later than 14 January.
4. Keep any records that support the amount of CJRS grants you claim, in case HMRC needs to check them.
You can now make December claims
You can now submit your claims for periods in December. These must be made by 14 January.
To help you plan ahead to meet the monthly deadlines, here's a list of the key dates you need to know:
• 14 January 2021 - final date to submit claims for December 2020 by 11:59pm
• 15 February 2021 - final date to submit claims for January 2021 by 11:59pm
• 15 March 2021 - final date to submit claims for February 2021 by 11:59pm
• 14 April 2021 - final date to submit claims for March 2021 by 11:59pm
• 14 May 2021 - final date to submit claims for April 2021 by 11:59pm.
You can find everything you need to know about the CJRS on GOV.UK by searching 'Job Retention Scheme.