How can I claim a grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) ?

The first grant which opened for applications on Wednesday 13 May is now closed to new applications. The government will pay out a second (and final) SEISS grant from 17 August.

Applications for the second grant will open on 17 August 2020. It works exactly the same as the first grant but will be worth up to 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment but capped at £2,190 per month, or £6,570 in total.

You don't need to have claimed the first grant to receive the second grant.

You will need to confirm your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020 to claim the second grant.

The eligibility criteria is the same for the second grant as for the first.

To find out if you’re eligible, you can use the online eligibility checker on the GOV.uk website.

To use the online checker you’ll need your National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number. Your UTR is a 10 digit number and will be shown on your tax return.

If you need help to get ready or to make a claim over the phone (if you’re unable to claim online) contact RNIB's Tax Advice team on 0303 123 9999.

Further guidance on the scheme can also be found on the GOV.uk website.

Please be aware of scam emails, calls and texts. Emails and text messages from HMRC will not contain any links to click on and will not ask you for personal information such as bank account details. Personal information will only be required once you are logged on securely to GOV.uk.

If someone gets in touch with you claiming to be from HMRC 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.

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