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Guidance issued on claiming for Eat Out to Help Out

The government has issued guidance on how fish and chip restaurants can claim money back through the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

The initiative, which goes live on August 1st, gives customers dining out on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August 50% of food and soft drinks up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner (inclusive of VAT).

Businesses can make a claim online after seven days from the date of their registration (the earliest a claim can be made is 7th August) and will need to keep daily records of the total number of diners (covers) who have used the scheme, including children, the total amount of discount given and the period claimed for.

If making a claim for more than one establishment, operators will need the records for each one and the overall total value of the claim for all establishments.

Operators can make up to five weekly claims before 30th September, which HMRC will check are correct before paying the claim amount by BACs into the bank account supplied when registered, within five working days.

To be eligible, businesses must have the facility to offer dining on the premises. Putting a table and chairs on the pavement outside a takeaway or mobile van will not qualify.

Restaurants can still apply for the scheme by clicking here.

Posters, images and other promotional materials for use by those wishing to take part are available by clicking here.

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