The Self Employment Income Support Scheme will provide self-employed individuals or members of partnerships with a taxable grant. The third grant is worth 80% of their profits, up to a cap of £7,500 which covers a three month period. Applications are now open for the fourth grant.
To be eligible for the scheme you need to meet the following criteria:
- traded in 2019/20, trading when you apply or would be trading if not for COVID-19
- filed a tax return for 2018/9 (those who have not filed, will have four weeks from 26 March to do so)
- have lost trading profits due to COVID-19
- intend to continue to trade in 2020/21
- trading profits are less than £50,000 and more than half your income comes from self-employment*
*This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:
- Your trading profits and total income in 2018/19
- Your average trading profits and total income across up to the three years between 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.
The grant amount will be 70% of your average profits from the tax years 2016-2019. It will be a maximum of £6,570, which covers a three month period. Individuals must prove to HMRC that their business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020, to be eligible for the second grant.
You may be eligible for Universal Credit while you wait for the grant, but the grant will be considered as self-employed income and may affect the amount of Universal Credit you will get. Any Universal Credit claims for earlier periods will not be affected.
The deadline to submit your 2018/2019 Self Assessment tax return was 23 April 2020. If you had not submitted this by then, you will not be able to claim through this scheme
How to Claim
To check your eligibility you will need your:
- Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number
- National Insurance number
Make a Claim
To make a claim you will need your:
- Self Assessment UTR - if you do not have this find out how to get your lost UTR
- National Insurance number - if you do not have this find out how to get your lost National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password - if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you check your eligibility online
- bank account number and sort code you want us to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)
You’ll have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020.
Applying for the first SEISS grant
Individuals can continue to apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July. Under the first grant, eligible individuals can claim a taxable grant worth 80 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total. Those eligible have the money paid into their bank account within six working days of completing a claim.
Applying for the second SEISS grant
Applications for the second grant will open on 17 August. Individuals will be able to claim a second taxable grant worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. Individuals claiming a second grant will need to prove their business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020.
After you Claim
Once you’ve submitted your claim, you will be told straight away if your grant is approved. HMRC will pay the grant into your bank account within 6 working days.
You must keep a copy of all records in line with normal self-employment record keeping requirements, including:
- the amount claimed
- the claim reference number for your records
- evidence that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus
You will need to report the grant:
- on your Self Assessment tax return
- as self-employed income for any Universal Credit claims
- as self-employed income and that you’re working 16 hours a week for any tax credits claims