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HMRC COVID-19 grant nudge letters: act now, deadline 20 October

13th October 2020

HMRC COVID-19 grant nudge letters: act now, deadline 20 October

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have started to issue a number of nudge letters in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and compliance checks into the CJRS grant. This follows HMRC publications in the summer of 'overclaims' guidance and 'penalties' guidance relating to overclaimed grants paid to employers through CJRS. It is important to remember the penalty regime is not limited to CJRS, it applies to the other COVID-19 financial support schemes too ie Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. This guidance was covered in our furlough fraud article which can be found here.

If you have received a COVID-19 grant, we recommend:

  • You review the claim(s) now ahead of the 20 October 2020 or 90 day deadline. The current HMRC nudge letters state that they understand mistakes can happen, therefore it is key for you to undertake a review now.
  • If you find a mistake, notify HMRC.

Have you received a HMRC Coronavirus nudge letter? If so, ensure a response is sent to HMRC but remember a response does not mean signing the certificate! Ignoring a HMRC COVID-19 nudge letter is likely to result in a HMRC compliance check. Should you require any professional advice following receipt of a HMRC nudge letter or a HMRC compliance check we can help. Even if you have not received a letter from HMRC but have found a mistake in a COVID-19 grant claim and require professional advice, please contact Danielle Ford on email or 020 7969 5591 or Nick Bustin on email or by calling 020 7969 5578.