Up to 4,000 restaurants have been informed that they face an Eat Out to Help Out investigation into fraudulent claims. HM revenue and Customs stated that it was sending letters to businesses that might have made an incorrect claim to ensure that all claimants submit accurate information. Claimants have been given 60 days to respond to any letter before they face the possibility of a formal compliance check. This could include having to pay statutory interest and penalties.
We understand mistakes happen, particularly in these challenging times. This means we will not look for innocent errors and small mistakes for compliance action.HM Revenue and Customers
Officials have estimated that potentially several million pounds could have been lost due to fraud under government schemes that were launched during lockdown earlier this year.