The Revenue Commissioners has to date clawed back €50m in a compliance programme concerning the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS).
That is according to new figures provided by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, in relation to the Covid-19 wage support for employers.
In a written Dail reply to Labour's finance spokesman, Ged Nash, Minister Donohoe confirmed that the compliance programme has to date covered 7,223 employers or 14% of the 51,450 employers who registered for the EWSS.
"Of these, 2,584 were Revenue initiated contacts, and 4,639 were voluntary amendments made by employers where they were liable to repay EWSS subsidies to Revenue," he said.
Minister Donohoe stated that the total amount collected to date by Revenue is €50m with €7.3m remaining due to be collected.
"€6.4m of the outstanding amount is included in the debt warehouse," he said.
The compliance programme concerning the EWSS follows a compliance programme relating to the earlier Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) which continued to the end of August 2020.
Minister Donohoe confirmed that to date, compliance checks have been completed in respect of 64,710 employers, representing more than 99.6% of TWSS cases, with the remainder in progress.
He said that the compliance checks have shown "significantly high levels of compliance with the TWSS requirements by employers with 1,523 employers, approximately 2% of cases, having to repay the TWSS subsidy as they failed to meet the requirements of the scheme".
He stated: "Settlements in these cases totaled €27.7m."
Minister Donohoe added that following a reconciliation exercise conducted at the end of June this year in respect of over 67,000 employer registrations the overall TWSS liability due is €309m.
He said: "There is €79.5m currently outstanding with approximately €63.5m of that amount included in the debt warehouse.
In relation to the EWSS spend by Government, Minister Donohoe stated that to date, payments of over €4.76bn and PRSI credit of over €750m have been granted to 51,400 employers in respect of 656,900 workers.
He said that there will be no cliff-edge to the EWSS and is to be extended until the end of December 2021.
He added that decisions in relation to the configuration of the EWSS in the fourth quarter of 2021 in relation to its various aspects will be addressed shortly.
He said that no decisions have been taken in relation to the future of the scheme beyond the end of December.