Uk news HMRC launches new taskforce to tackle furlough and Eat Out To Help Out fraud PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Investigators have already opened 10,000 inquiries into potentially fraudulent claims.

Uk news HMRC launches new taskforce to tackle furlough and Eat Out To Help Out fraud PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Investigators have already opened 10,000 inquiries into potentially fraudulent claims.

Uk news  HMRC launches new taskforce to tackle furlough and Eat Out To Help Out fraud PremierLeague-News.Com
06 April 2021 - 07:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A company which saw sales rise after furloughing all its staff and received online reviews for takeaway orders, despite claiming to tax officials they were closed during lockdown, are among businesses being targeted by a UK Government taskforce. Investigators working for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have also found one company which saw higher sales in August than before the coronavirus pandemic began, even though it 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. The money was meant to be passed on to the employee, to cover up to 80 per cent of their wages, however, experts have been worried about abuse of the scheme. HMRC Investigators said they are now cross-referencing millions of claims for furlough with other records, including August's Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Investigators have already opened 10,000 inquiries into potentially fraudulent claims (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles DWP could monitor your bank account and social media activity at anytime - here's why Read More Related Articles Full list of DWP changes to State Pension, Universal Credit, PIP and more benefit pay rates this week The taskforce 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 UK Government to cover their wages. 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. During weekdays in August 2020, restaurants could offer customers half-price meals, and then claim the other half from the UK Government. 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.

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. 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." Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond. Sign up to our daily newsletter here.

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