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

The Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is a Government grant to self employed individuals whose businesses have been adversely affected by coronavirus (Covid-19). The scheme has been extended a number of times since its launch in 2020, the current grant is the fourth grant extension.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

What the fourth grant extension covers

The fourth grant covers the three-month period from 1 February 2021 until the 30 April 2021. It will be a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months average monthly trading profits, the paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total. This is an increase from the previously announced amount of 55%.

Applications are currently only being accepted for the fourth grant, but a fifth grant covering the three-month period from 1 May until the end of July is due to become available later in the year.

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

How to claim

Details of how to claim can be found on the gov.uk self employed grants web page.

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.

For more information on financial support for the self employed please see our coronavirus Welfare and Benefits section.

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