“Furlough: uses and abuses” by Michelle Sloane, Partner in RPC’s Tax Disputes Team and Alice Kemp, Barrister in RPC’s Tax Disputes Team

Michelle Sloane and Alice Kemp examine HMRC’s new powers to investigate abuse of the CJRS.

The Government’s (CJRS) was announced on 20 March 2020, with the aim of protecting UK jobs during the global coronavirus pandemic. The CJRS had been originally set to end on 30 June 2020; however, following lobbying from various industry groups the Government extended it and it is now due to end on 31 October 2020. Under the CJRS, businesses have been able to furlough staff rather than make them redundant. Furloughed staff are able to receive up to 80% of their wages from the Government in the form of a grant, with an upper limit of £2,500 per month.

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