Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) | UK-wide

Summary:

Grants to self-employed individuals whose businesses have been adversely affected by coronavirus. The first grant closed on 13 July 2020. The second grant closed on 19 October 2020. The scheme is being extended from 1 November 2020.

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for the Grant Extension self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must:

  • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although they do not have to have claimed the previous grants)
  • declare that they intend to continue to trade and either:
    • are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
    • were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus
Additional information:

The extension will last for six months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three-month period:

  • The third grant will cover a 3 month period from 1 November 2020 until 31 January 2021. The government will provide a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at ¬£7,500 in total. This is an increase from the previously announced amount of 55%.
  • A fourth grant will cover February 2021 to April 2021. The government will set out further details, including the level, of the fourth grant in due course

The grants are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.

How to claim
The online service for the next grant will be available from 30 November 2020. HMRC will provide full details about claiming and applications in due course.

Support organisation:
  • HMRC
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