‘A voyage of discovery’ by Mike Walden, Associate Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP and Ikraam Petker, Tax Associate at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Mike Walden and Ikraam Petker discuss the remit of HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce and have some advice on what can be expected of it.

In the March 2021 Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a significant investment of over £100 million into the formation of the HMRC Taxpayer Protection Taskforce unit. 

The investment will include the recruitment of over 1,265 inspectors who will form this new unit, with the aim of cracking down on erroneous or fraudulent Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and Eat Out to Help Out claims. While external recruitment is ongoing, many of the appointments will come from existing HMRC staff who have been reassigned and given a remit to target this activity. 

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