How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July will impact you

  • 30th July 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has provided a much-needed lifeline for millions of workers during the height of the pandemic. On 31 July, the scheme is changing, and you need to be aware of any actions you need to take before and after the deadline.

What you need to do before 31 July

Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. You need to have made a claim at any point on or before 31 J‌ul‌y to be able to make a claim for future months.

Amend your previous claims to add any additional employees you may have missed off in error. After 31 July you will not be able to add any new employees for periods ending on or before 30 June.

What you need to do from 1 August

From 1 Au‌gu‌st 2020 the scheme will no longer fund employers' National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions. You will have to make these payments from your own resources for all employees, whether furloughed or not.

Live webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online - go to GOV‌.UK and search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus'.

Make sure your data is right

It's important that you provide the data needed to process your claim. Payment of your grant may be at risk or delayed if you submit a claim that is incomplete or incorrect.

Claimed too much in error?

If you have claimed too much for a CJRS grant and have not repaid it, you must notify HMRC and repay the money by the latest of whichever date applies below:

  • 90 days of receiving the CJRS money you're not entitled to
  • 90 days of when circumstances changed so that you were no longer entitled to keep the CJRS grant
  • 20 Oc‌to‌be‌r 2020 if you received CJRS money you're not entitled to, or if your circumstances changed, on or before 20 J‌ul‌y.
  • If you do not do this, you may have to pay a penalty.

How to make a report about claiming too much

You can let HMRC know as part of your next online claim. The system will prompt you to add details on if you have received too much.

If you received too much and do not plan to submit further claims - or you have claimed less than you were entitled to - please search 'Contact HMRC' on GOV‌.UK to get in touch.

Protect yourself from scams

Stay vigilant about scams, which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Search 'scams' on GOV‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.


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