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

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has started contacting self-employed people who may be eligible to receive a cash grant through the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The SEISS scheme provides financial support for self-employed people whose business has been affected by coronavirus. Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500, equivalent to three months’ profits.

HMRC will send an email, text message or letter to those who may be eligible with information about how to make a claim when the online service is available on 13 May 2020.

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.

The checker will let you know if you’re eligible and will give you a date between 13 and 18 May from which you can apply.

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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