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Make a late Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on 30 September 2021. 14 October 2021 was the last date to make a claim for September.

For claim periods from 1 November 2020, HMRC may accept late claims or amendments if you have:

  • Taken reasonable care to try and claim on time.
  • A reasonable excuse.
  • Claimed as soon as your reasonable excuse no longer applies.

A reasonable excuse could include:

  • your partner or another close relative died shortly before the claim deadline
  • you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your claim
  • you had a serious or life-threatening illness, including coronavirus (COVID-19) related illnesses, which prevented you from making your claim (and no one else could claim for you)
  • a period of self-isolation prevented you from making your claim (and no one else could make the claim for you)
  • your computer or software failed just before or while you were preparing your online claim
  • service issues with HMRC online services prevented you from making your claim
  • a fire, flood or theft prevented you them from making your claim
  • postal delays that you could not have predicted prevented you from making your claim
  • delays related to a disability you have prevented you from making your claim
  • an HMRC error prevented you from making your claim

As soon as you are ready to make a late claim or amendment, you need to:

  • Check if you have a reasonable excuse.
  • Make sure you have all the information you need to process your claim.
  • Contact HMRC using the helpline to check with an advisor whether you can claim.

If your reasonable excuse is accepted, the advisor will process your claim over the phone.
See: Make a late Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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