How to Check If You Are Eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme

How to Check If You Are Eligible for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme

This post was originally published on 11 May 2020 and was updated on 27 November 2020 for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and you’ve been affected by Coronavirus, you may be eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Eligibility for the third SEISS grant is similar to the first two, but there is one key difference. Whereas for the first two you had to say that you had been adversely affected, for the third grant, you must have seen a significant reduction in trading profits. This can be for one of two reasons – either because of reduced demand, activity or capacity or because you’re temporarily unable to trade. 

HMRC have a tool for you to check if you are eligible for the scheme.

To check your eligibility, you will need your:

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number
  • National Insurance number

You can access the tool here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support/enter-unique-taxpayer-reference

If you are eligible, you can find out how to claim your grant here.

If you have any questions regarding the support available, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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