Amit Puri asked some searching question of HMRC about Covid-19 fraud – and was less than impressed with the responses he got.
Few will disagree that the various Covid-19 financial support schemes, put in place by the UK government, helped millions of people and businesses survive the pandemic. The schemes were part of the collective national effort to protect jobs and livelihoods. HMRC were brought in to play a pivotal role to combat extensive fraud within the schemes, through the creation of a new HMRC unit, the Taxpayer Protection Taskforce (“TPT”).
I first reported on the government’s £100m investment into the TPT in March 2021, with claims that HMRC would be recruiting around 1,200 new staff for the unit whose specific aim was to deter and identify fraudulent activity among these new support initiatives.
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