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Time limits for making furlough claims

Posted on: November 25th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

The latest HMRC Treasury Direction has introduced tight new time limits for making claims under the extended CJRS, along with time limits for amending claims already made.

Time limits for making claims

Claim for furlough days in: Claim must be submitted by:
November 2020 14 December 2020
December 2020 14 January 2021
January 2021 15 February 2021
February 2021 15 March 2021
March 2021 14 April 2021
April 2021 14 May 2021

Missing the time limits – reasonable excuses

In certain circumstances, HMRC may accept a claim after the above time limits if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ for failing to do so. The guidance has provided examples as to what may be considered as a ‘reasonable excuse’, including:

  1. Failure of computer software
  2. Service issues with HRMC online services
  3. Self-isolation prevented you from making a claim, and no other person could make it for you
  4. An unexpected stay in hospital

Click here for the full list.

Time limits for amending claims 

Claim for furlough days in: Amendments can be made up to:
November 2020 29 December 2020
December 2020 28 January 2021
January 2021 1 March 2021

Click here for more information on how to our CJRS FAQs providing comprehensive, practical guidance on every aspect of the scheme and extension.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (25 November 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.