27th January 2021

HMRC publishes names of employers claiming the furlough grant

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Following previous concerns that some employers have been fraudulently claiming grants from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for employees who had not in fact been furloughed, HMRC has now published the list of employers who claimed CJRS fraud in December 2020. This will enable employees to check whether their employer has claimed CJRS for them whilst they have been working.
HMRC has used the employer name that’s attached to the qualifying PAYE scheme.
The data does not include employers:

  • With a successful or pending application to have their details withheld
  • That paid back the whole grant before the list was produced

From February HMRC will also publish:

  • an indication of the value of the claim within a banded range
  • the company number – for companies and Limited Liability Partnerships

Employees encouraged to report CJRS fraud to HMRC
HMRC states that it will check claims, and payments may be withheld or need to be paid back if a claim is found to be fraudulent or based on incorrect information. It is encouraging employees to report fraud if they have evidence to suggest an employer on the list is abusing the scheme.

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