If you didn’t submit your December furlough claim by the deadline of 14 January, HMRC may still accept it if you have a reasonable excuse for not claiming by the deadline, such as you were self-isolating or had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from completing it.

If your reason means you can claim late, please do so as soon as you’re able to, and note that reasonable excuses only apply to late claims for periods from November onwards. For more information on reasonable excuses, go to GOV‌‌‌.UK.

If you have already submitted your claims for December but need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough, you can do this until Thursday‌‌ ‌28 January 2021.

To find out how to amend your claim, go to GOV‌‌‌‌‌.UK.

You can now submit your claims for periods in January. These must be made by Monday‌‌ ‌15 February 2021.

You can claim before, during or after you process your payroll. If you can, it’s best to make a claim once you’re sure of the exact number of hours your employees will work so you don’t have to amend your claim at a later date.

You and your employees do not need to have benefitted from the scheme before to make a claim. You can check if you’re eligible and work out how much you can claim using our CJRS calculator and examples, go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK.

Furlough for caring responsibilities 

Your employees can ask to be furloughed because they have caring responsibilities resulting from coronavirus, such as caring for children who are at home as a result of school or childcare closing. You can place them on furlough and claim for them under the CJRS. 


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