Furlough claim information to be public

8th December 2020

As part of the third phase of the furlough scheme, HMRC will publish information about employers who claim for periods starting on or after 1 December 2020.

HMRC says this is to deter fraudulent claims.

The information will be published on 26 January 2021

Version 3 of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) replaces what was meant to be the Job Support Scheme, but that has been put on hold until at least April 2021.

Under the scheme, employees receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 a month, paid for by the government. Employers have to pay the relevant NICs and workplace pensions.

For claim periods starting on or after 1 December, the following information will be published on GOV.UK:

  • the employer name
  • an indication of the value of the claim within a banded range
  • the company number for companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)

The banded ranges are:

  • £1 to £10,000
  • £10,001 to £25,000
  • £25,001 to £50,000
  • £50,001 to 100,000
  • £100,001 to £250,000
  • £250,001 to £500,000
  • £500,001 to £1,000,000
  • £1,000,001 to £2,500,000
  • £2,500,001 to £5,000,000
  • £5,000,001 to £10,000,000
  • £10,000,001 to £25,000,000
  • £25,000,001 to £50,000,000
  • £50,000,001 to £100,000,000
  • £100,000,001 and above

HMRC will also provide furloughed employees with details of claims made for them in their Personal Tax Account on GOV.UK, for claim periods starting on or after 1 December.

Details of employers will not be published if they can show that to do so would result in a serious risk of violence or intimidation to certain relevant individuals, or any individual living with them.

Those individuals include:

  • employers that are partnerships - a relevant individual can be a partner, officer or employee of that partnership
  • employers that are limited liability partnerships - a relevant individual can be a member or employee of that limited liability partnership
  • trustees of a trust - a relevant individual can be a settlor, trustee or beneficiary of the trust

Employers who think that a serious risk of violence or intimidation will come from having their details published can inform HMRC, with the necessary evidence.

This evidence could include:

  • a police incident number if there have been threats or attacks
  • documentary evidence of a threat or attack, such as photos or recordings
  • evidence of possible disruption or targeting

If you are an employer and you think there is a serious risk of violence or intimidation, you can request HMRC not to publish your claim details.

You must make this request yourself. Your agent cannot make the request for you.

HMRC will not publish any details until a decision has been made and you have been informed.

You only need to apply once. HMRC's decision will cover all claim periods starting on or after 1 December.

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