HMRC have begun to contact and release information on who may be eligible for the Government’s Self – Employment Support Scheme (SEISS).
Frustratingly, HMRC have stated that we cannot make the claim for you and you must make the claim yourself. However, we wish to reassure you are not on your own and we will be supporting you as required to complete these claims.
HMRC have released an online eligibility checker to understand your position. If you are eligible it will then provide you with a date that you will be able to submit your claim. If it states you are not eligible, please contact us, we can review your position further and if we disagree we can apply to HMRC for your case to be reviewed.
In preparation to make an online claim for those that qualify, you will need to activate a government gateway with HMRC. Please be aware that these are personal accounts, so we will not hold your USERID or password. To be able to verify yourself with the Government, please have your passport and NI number to hand and keep your USERID and password safe. We would urge you to complete these accounts as soon as possible so your claims are not delayed.
To check your eligibility and to create a gateway account, please click on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-employed-invited-to-get-ready-to-make-their-claims-for-coronavirus-covid-19-support
As a reminder, to be eligible to this taxable grant, you must meet all of these conditions:
• you have traded as self-employed in 2019/20 and are still trading in 2020/21 (or would be trading if it were not for the business disruption caused by COVID-19)
• you expect to continue to trade in 2020/21
• you receive more than half of your taxable income from self-employment, even if you also hold an employed position
• you are registered with HMRC as self-employed and submitted a tax return for the tax year 2018/19
• your average annual taxable profits for the three years to 2018/19 are less than £50,000, or your taxable profits for 2018/19 are less than £50,000
• you have lost trading profits due to coronavirus