Furlough Claims………Be Prepared!

Furlough Claims………Be Prepared!
The government have estimated that around 10% of furlough claims are potentially incorrect (and in some cases, fraudulent). As a result, they have decided to invest a substantial amount of money to see how much of these incorrect claims can be reclaimed, and where penalties can be charged.

It is therefore expected that at least 25% of all furlough claims will be checked, so a high chance of having your affairs looked at!

As ever, we would therefore advise that records are maintained in case of an enquiry. Things that certainly should be maintained:

  • Record of usual pay and what their actual pay was.
  • Hours worked and not worked.
  • Evidence (i.e. letter / email) that you have advised the staff member they are being furloughed, and what is expected of them (and indeed not expected of them).
  • Ideally, evidence that proves they did not carry out any work (e.g. out of office reply, evidence their usual work was done by someone else, etc).

If we look after your payroll and furlough claims, we will of course have copies of calculations and RTI submissions to HMRC, but you should ensure the above can be evidenced should HMRC enquire into your claims.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

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