Some self-employed asked to return Covid-19 assistance payouts due to false income declarations

Sirs, introduced in March, provides self-employed people with three quarterly cash payouts of $3,000 each to help them with the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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SINGAPORE - A "small number" of self-employed Singaporeans have been sent a letter asking them to pay back money received through a Covid-19 assistance programme because they had under-declared their income or number of properties.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is asking for refunds on payouts given under the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (Sirs), after it discovered that some recipients had made false declarations in their applications.

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