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Self Employed Income Support Scheme – last date for the first round of claims

When the Chancellor announced that the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was being extended for a further three months from the end of June, he also announced that the last date for making a claim under the first round of the scheme (covering the period up to June 2020) would be 13 July.  If a self-employed person believes they are eligible for a grant under this first part of the scheme they must make their claim on or before that date otherwise they will lose their entitlement. 

We would expect the vast majority of eligible taxpayers will already have claimed but for those who have not yet claimed time is running out.  HMRC have an eligibility checker too on their website - https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support/enter-unique-taxpayer-reference 

There are certain steps that may need to be completed before making a claim so we would strongly recommend not leaving any claim to the last minute.  As a reminder you will be asked as part of the process to make a declaration that your self-employed business has been adversely affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and should be able to produce evidence to that effect if requested by HMRC.  HMRC have published examples of how a business may be adversely affected by the outbreak here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-different-circumstances-affect-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme#adversely-affected-examples

Finally, HMRC currently expects that applications for a grant under the second round of the SEISS will be open from 17 August – although the process is likely to be similar to the first version of the scheme we will provide more details in due course.

If you would like any support or guidance with this, please contact our Coronavirus team here...

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