4th May 2020
HMRC have updated their Guidance on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
The following text is extracted from HMRC website:
Who can claim?
You can claim if you are a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and:
Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus, for example if:
you are unable to work because you:
You should not claim the grant if you are above the state aid limits or operating a trade through a trust.
To work out your eligibility we will first look at your 2018 to 2019 Self-Assessment tax return. Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income.
If you are not eligible based on the 2018 to 2019 Self-Assessment tax return, HMRC will then look at the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019.
Find out how HMRC will work out your eligibility including if they have to use other years here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-hmrc-works-out-total-income-and-trading-profits-for-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme
How different circumstances affect the scheme
Check these circumstances here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme
How much you will get
You will get a taxable grant based on your average trading profit over the 3 tax years:
HMRC will work out your average trading profit by adding together your total trading profits or losses for the 3 tax years, then we will divide by 3.
The grant will be 80% of your average trading profit, divided by 12 to give a monthly amount. HMRC will then multiply this by 3. We will pay this amount up to a maximum of 7,500.
The grant amount they work out for you will be paid directly into your bank account, in one instalment.
Find out how HMRC will work out your average trading profits including if you have not traded for all 3 years here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-hmrc-works-out-total-income-and-trading-profits-for-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme#3years
How to claim
Your tax agent or adviser cannot make the claim for you. You must make the claim yourself. If you use an agent you should contact them if you need any help or support.
The online service you will use to claim is not available yet. HMRC will aim to contact you by mid May 2020 if you are eligible, to invite you to claim using the GOV.UK online service. Payment will be made by early June 2020 if your claim is approved.
If you are unable to claim online an alternative way to claim will be available. HMRC will update the overview with more information soon.
Please use the link for further details: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
Scams – please note
HMRC are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. Eligible customers will be invited to claim through GOV.UK – it is the only service they can use. If someone gets in touch with you claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, you should not respond. It is a scam.
Suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC should reported to HMRC by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Texts should be sent to 60599.
We will keep you updated if when further information is published on the claims process.
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