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PremierLeague-News.Com - The investigators are cross-referencing claims for furlough pay with other records - including Eat Out to Help Out payments
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! HMRC has launched a new taskforce to tackle fraudulent furlough claims. Investigators have said they are cross-referencing millions of claims for furlough with other records, including August's Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Just one company among businesses being targeted by the Government saw sales rise after furloughing all of its staff and received online reviews for takeaway orders, despite claiming to tax officials they were closed during lockdown, reports the Daily Record. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also found one company that saw higher sales in August than before the coronavirus pandemic began, even though it was claiming it had sent all its workers home. Businesses have been able to claim up to £2,500 per month for each member of staff who has been unable to work during the pandemic. Read More Related Articles Coronavirus LIVE updates as Boris Johnson faces row over vaccine passport plans Read More Related Articles Missing London teenager’s mother told description of body found by police ‘matches his’ The money is offered to cover up to 80 per cent of their wages, however, experts have raised concerns about abuse of the scheme. The task force managed to claw back £357,000 from one company, which had threatened to sack its staff unless they worked through the pandemic, even if they were sick, while still claiming furlough money from the Government to cover their wages. HMRC (Image: PA) The owner of one restaurant was also receiving £2,500 a month in furlough for ‘off the book’ employees while claiming the restaurant was closed, despite serving takeaways. The restaurant also made claims through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, again while supposedly closed. HMRC said it had recovered £13,800 from the business.
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. Investigators comparing pre-pandemic tax returns and debit card data to Eat Out claims found that many restaurants claimed they had sold far more meals than usual in August.
The money will support a taskforce of 1,250 staff to investigate claims
Last month, the Treasury announced it would provide £100 million in extra funding to help HMRC tackle fraud in the furlough scheme and other support programmes. The money will support a taskforce of 1,250 staff to investigate claims. The investigators have already opened 10,000 inquiries into claims with plans to double the number in future.
Around 1.3 million companies have claimed nearly £58 billion from the UK Government's furlough scheme to support 11.4 million since the pandemic began. In a statement, HMRC said: “We continue to encourage businesses and individuals to come forward and self-correct if they have made a mistake in their claim. "We appreciate claimants may have made genuine mistakes and no-one who has tried to do the right thing but made an honest mistake has any need to be concerned, as long as they work with us to put it right."
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