HMRC has recently published a list of employers who have made a claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The list represents those employers who have claimed for periods in December 2020.
As of February 2021, HMRC will publish a list of employers claiming under the scheme along with an indication of the value being claimed within a banded range.
The banded ranges are as follows:
£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 is publishing this information to try and deter any fraudulent claims. By early January 2021, HMRC had received 21,378 reports of suspected furlough fraud. This included:
- Businesses claiming for employees who are still working, despite being placed on furlough
- Employees being unaware they have been furloughed and only finding out when they receive 80% of their pay
- Dormant businesses ‘reopening’ and claiming for ‘fake’ employees
Businesses have been warned that fines and penalties will be issued for making a fraudulent claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
The list for December claims can be found on the government website.