COVID-19 Support Scheme Fraud

HMRC has conducted more than 12,000 investigations into the use of coronavirus support schemes, including the furlough scheme and the self-employed income support scheme.

The tax authority has revealed that thousands of businesses are under investigation for coronavirus fraud following a freedom of information request from the law firm BLM.

The 12,000 probes into the misuse of the furlough, SEISS and Eat Out To Help Out schemes cover the period up to the end of March. The investigations are triggered when HMRC suspects error and fraudulent risks for each of the schemes.

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