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

The first SEISS grant closed for new applications on 13 July. Applications for a second grant opened on 17 August 2020 and a new grant extension scheme will be in place from 1 November 2020.

To claim you must:

  • currently be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (you do not have to have claimed previous grants)
  • declare that you are currently actively trading and intend to continue to trade
  • declare that you are impacted by reduced demand due to the  coronavirus (Coivd-19) in the qualifying period (between 1 November and the date of claim)

What the grant extension covers

The extension will provide two grants and will last for six months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two instalments.

The first instalment of the grant covers the three-month period from the start of November until the end of January. The grant will be paid at 20 per cent of your average monthly trading profits, covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £1,875 in total.

The second instalment of the grant will cover the three-month period from the start of February until the end of April. The amounts for the second grant have not yet been decided.

The grants are subject to Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions.

How to claim

HMRC will provide full details about how to apply for the extension will be released shortly.

Be Alert

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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