The Self Employment Income Support Scheme will provide self-employed individuals or members of partnerships with a taxable grant.
Applications for the fifth grant will open at the end of July 2021.
To be eligible for the scheme you need to meet the following criteria:
- traded in 2020/21
- 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
- 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.
How the fifth grant is different
The amount of the fifth grant will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.
HMRC will provide more information and support from early July 2021 to help you work out how your turnover was affected.
How much you’ll get
||How much you’ll get
|30% or more
||80% of 3 months’ average trading profits
|less than 30%
||30% of 3 months’ average trading profits
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.
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)
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