HMRC has opened over 6,000 inquiries into CJRS claims

13 July 2021

Responding to a question from MP Gregory Campbell, Jesse Norman confirmed that, to date, HMRC has opened 6,150 inquiries into suspected overpayments through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) due to error or fraud as of 30 June 2021.

Mr. Norman confirmed that a total of 1.3 million employers have claimed under the CJRS, and 11.6 million employments have been placed on furlough for at least part of the duration of the scheme. This information is based on CJRS claims received by HMRC up to 14 June 2021.

HMRC has opened inquiries where it believes there has been fraud or an error which needs HMRC intervention.

CIPP comment

We know that the next big activity from HMRC will relate to investigations into the government assistance schemes introduced throughout the pandemic. The CIPP’s Policy team wants to know if you have had any letters or correspondence from HMRC in relation to the CJRS. Please email us at [email protected]


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