This post was originally published on 15 May 2020 and was updated on 17 August 2020 for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus, you may be eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
Before you make a claim you need to know if you qualify for the scheme. You can find out how to check if you are eligible here.
You will need the following information to make your claim:
- Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
- National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password (find out how to create a Government Gateway user ID here)
- Bank details
You will need to confirm that your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020 by the coronavirus. HMRC will be checking claims and will take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate.
Unfortunately, your tax agent or advisor cannot make the claim on your behalf.
You can make your claim here.
Once you have made your claim, HMRC will check your application and pay the grant directly into your bank account within 6 working days.
You have until 19 October 2020 to make a claim for the second and final grant.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.