Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to prevent fraud in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what precautions are in place to prevent fraudulent claims being made under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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

The vast majority of businesses operated the Eat Out to Help Out scheme correctly.

HMRC built checks into the system to help prevent fraud and protect public money.

HMRC carried out checks on businesses at the time of registration. HMRC are also checking claims and taking appropriate action to withhold payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate.

Businesses are also required to retain records to support their Eat Out to Help Out claims and provide them to HMRC if asked. They will also need to include the income from the discounted meals and reimbursed discounts in their tax returns. HMRC may undertake further compliance action when returns have been received.

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