Tax Authority demands some businesses repay advances on virus grants

Dozens of businesses receive letters from the Tax Authority demanding that they repay advances they received on government grants doled out to help them weather the coronavirus crisis, according to Channel 13.

The report says the letters, sent out today, request sums of up to hundreds of thousands of shekels per business, including interest.

Among the reasons the Tax Authority gives to business owners is that the advances were found to cover the entire sums for which they were eligible in 2020.

Facing complaints, the Tax Authority tells Channel 13 that only businesses that were found to have failed to qualify for the grants were asked to return the money. It emphasized that business owners were allowed to appeal the decisions in their case.