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07 Aug 2020

Furlough fraud: New guidance on 90 day window for reporting errors to HMRC

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During July 2020 we saw the first arrest for “furlough fraud” for an alleged amount of £495,000 as well as a steep rise in the number of “furlough fraud” cases reported to HMRC. In this context, it is crucial for employers to be aware of the 90-day window to notify HMRC of any errors under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”).

This 90-day period is set out in the Finance Act 2020, which received Royal Assent at the end of July and is a lengthier amnesty window than the 30 day period which had been anticipated. HMRC have issued guidance on the new time limits and the consequences of failure to comply, which we set out in this alert.

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