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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 27th April 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what processes are in place to prevent abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; and how people can report cases of abuse of that scheme.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

In line with the other payment-out regimes they administer, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will undertake pre-payment authentication and risking to identify and block fraudulent claims.

HMRC will also carry out proportionate risk-based, post-payment compliance checks to test the veracity of claims made using the normal compliance tools available to them.

Fraudulent abuse of the scheme can be reported through HMRC’s online tax evasion reporting form, details of which can be found on GOV.UK.

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