HMRC is calling on agents to help employers to provide all the necessary data to process their claim.
From 25 August, files uploaded for 100 or more furloughed employees could be automatically rejected if an incorrect format is used.
If an employers’ file is rejected, they will receive a message to say it has not been accepted and their claim will not continue.
This could be due to:
- an incorrect file type
- too many columns or sheets
- too few columns.
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If employers are claiming for 100 or more employees, they can download and use HMRC’s template as this will help them make sure their data is right.
HMRC says grant payments may be at risk or delayed if a claim is incorrectly submitted. It will be contacting employers that have supplied incorrect or incomplete data in previous claims to help them get it right.
David Nunn is Content Manager at AAT.