How to Claim the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

We know that many of our clients will be eligible to claim the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which is opening for applications between 13 and 18 May.

Please click the link below to read the information provided by the Government.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

HMRC are contacting those self-employed individuals it believes are entitled to claim the SEISS from 4 May. Where they hold an email address they will use that. SMS will be used if HMRC holds a mobile number but no email. A letter will be issued where neither is held.

There will be no live links in emails or SMS so if you receive an email purporting to be from HMRC with a live link, this is a scam.

HMRC is contacting all those who may be eligible but not all will be. Eligibility criteria are as follows:-

  • Must have traded in 2019/20
  • Must be currently trading or would be if not for coronavirus
  • Must be intending to trade in 2020/21
  • Must have lost profits due to the pandemic

There is an Eligibility Checker on the Gov.UK site in the above link. We would encourage you to complete the eligibility checker in the first instance by inputting your unique taxpayer reference (the 10 digit reference found on your tax return) and your National Insurance number (also found on your tax return). The checker will link to your self-assessment although will not use your Government Gateway account. Importantly, you can advise HMRC of your email address for future contact which will ease the communication process if they do not already hold these details.

The SEISS portal will be open to taxpayers on a staged basis between 13 and 18 May with the portal opening on different days for different taxpayers randomly allocated by HMRC (not on a first come first served basis).

To apply for the grant, you will need to log in to your Government Gateway account or select the option to create an account to complete the application process. The grant is calculated by HMRC and at no stage will you have to provide income details. If you do not have a Government Gateway account already, we suggest that you wait to create one at the first step of the grant application process to avoid the possibility of setting up an account that is enrolled with the wrong service and which would delay the claim.

An alternative telephone-based system for the digitally excluded will be available.

HMRC will check the claim and make payments from 25th May or within 6 working days, whichever is the later.

We realise that this will be a stressful time but together we can try to make the claim as painless as possible. Although we are unable to make the claim on your behalf as agents, please do not hesitate to contact your usual partner for any assistance you may require.

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