[UK] HMRC Cracks Down In Wake Of 3,000+ Furlough Fraud Reports

16 JUL 2020

Businesses and individuals who have made claims under the government's furlough scheme have been cautioned not to be complacent as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cracks down those alleged to be making claiming fraudulently. The warning follows the first arrest in connection with an alleged £495,000 fraud involving the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

An HMRC spokesperson said a 57-year-old man from Solihull, West Midlands, was arrested on July 8 in connection with the allegations, adding that it was the first such arrest to happen, according to Manchester Evening News reporting. Tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg warns that this could be the start of further action against alleged fraudulent claims, Somerset Live has advice from their expert including the records companies should keep as evidence. (Link via original report)

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