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15 Jun 2020

Furlough fraud: Key points for employers

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HMRC will have the power to recover payments made under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) and to impose penalties, under draft legislation which has recently been published.

Whilst the proposals cover several different COVID-19 support packages, in this briefing we are focusing on “furlough fraud”, what employers should be aware of and proposed next steps to ensure you are on the front foot when dealing with any issues in the short time available.  HMRC has been very clear from the outset on how it would address any fraud or false claims under the Scheme, so these proposals build on that message.

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