Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Claiming Update
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has assisted many businesses across the UK. The below information provides an overview of what to do should you believe you have over-claimed or not claimed enough.
If you have claimed too much
If you have claimed too much or if you want to delete a claim in the online service, you must do this within 72 hours.
If you have made an error in a claim that means you have received too much, you must pay this back to HMRC. You can either:
- tell HMRC as part of your next online claim (your new claim will be reduced, and you’ll need to keep a record of the adjustment for 6 years)
- contact HMRC to pay the money back (you should only do this if you’re not submitting another claim)
If you’ve overclaimed a grant and have not repaid it, you must notify HMRC by the latest of either 20 October 2020 OR:
- 90 days after the date you received the grant you were not entitled to
- 90 days after the date you received the grant that you were no longer entitled to keep because your circumstances changed
If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty. If you do repay any overclaimed grant, this will prevent any potential tax liability in respect of the overpayment of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. HMRC will not be actively looking for innocent errors in their compliance approach.
Find out more about when you may have to pay a penalty and other information, including:
- how HMRC decides how much the penalty will be
- when HMRC will not charge a penalty
- how to appeal against a penalty
If you have not claimed enough of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
If you have made an error that has resulted in receiving too little money, you will still need to ensure you pay your employees the correct amount. You should contact HMRC to amend your claim. As you are increasing the amount of your claim, they may need to conduct additional checks.
After 31 July, you will no longer be able to amend a claim relating to the period up to 30 June to add an employee that should have been included on a claim submitted before that date. You must make sure that any remaining claims still to be made for the period to 30 June include all of your eligible employees. Amendments for any other errors you made that resulted in you not claiming enough will still be permitted after 31 July.
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