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Coronavirus: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

HM Revenue & Customs have started contacting the self-employed who they think could be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), based on the information provided on the 2018 to 2019 tax return. It is recommended that anyone intending to submit a claim use the online checker which will quickly confirm eligibility and will give a specific date from which a claim can be made.

To use the online checker, you will need your Unique Taxpayer Reference Number and National Insurance Number.

If eligible, a date will be given, between 13 and 18‌‌ May, during which an application can be made. This date is assigned randomly to help HMRC manage demand on the service, making sure that everyone who needs to make a claim can do so.

You will also be asked to provide your Government Gateway credentials (user ID and password) and check that bank and contact details are up to date. This is required for issuing reminders by email or text message when it’s time to make a claim and for payment of the funds.

If you do not have Government Gateway credentials, these can be set up simply by following the guidance and use the SEISS eligibility checker. There will be no requirement to wait for pins or codes through the post.

If you do not already have Government Gateway credentials please use the SEISS eligibility checker as soon as possible as this will make applying for the grant quicker and easier when it is time to apply.
The application process goes live on 13 May 2020, and the process will show how HMRC has calculated the grant due. If you believe that the calculation is incorrect, it is important that you contact HMRC as quickly as possible, although please be aware that this may take some time as the system is likely to be busy.

Contact us

Whilst an agent is unable to complete an application on behalf of a client, we can assist should you encounter problems. For further information on the scheme, contact Jim McMahon on Jim.McMahon@balfour-manson.co.uk or on 07850 772215.