11,000 people are receiving letters from HMRC questioning their claims for self-employment support grants.
HMRC sent 24,000 similar letters last year to claimants who said they had stopped trading.
HMRC has sent letters to self employed people who noted that they had ceased trading either on their 2019/20 tax return or by amending their return for the previous year.
HMRC are quoted as saying “If the taxpayer claimed correctly, we may ask them for extra documentation to show this. If they were not eligible, they will have to repay the relevant grants. Anyone found to have knowingly claimed a grant they were not eligible for could face a financial penalty.”
Those who do not reply to the message within 21 days would not be allowed to apply for future SEISS grants until they made contact with HMRC they added
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