Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): support for the self-employed during the Coronavirus crisis. The fifth SEISS grant covering May to September 2021 is now open for claims. 


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What happens if as a self employed private hire driver working for myself, I change now to self employed courier working for a company but I've already had the first seiss grant for my private hire business being hit hard by the lock down. Do I...

What happens if as a self employed private hire driver working for myself, I change now to self employed courier working for a company but I've already had the first seiss grant for my private hire business being hit hard by the lock down. Do I owe anything back for the first grant period?

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The grant is payable if you are self employed and your business is adversely affected by the virus and you need financial support as a result. There is no restriction as to whether you work or not.

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I qualified for payment based on relevant the 3 tax years, but in 19/20 tax year, due to various family circumstances, ended up with earnings well below the pension income I receive. Now, having seen and read more of the detail, I wonder if...

I qualified for payment based on relevant the 3 tax years, but in 19/20 tax year, due to various family circumstances, ended up with earnings well below the pension income I receive. Now, having seen and read more of the detail, I wonder if should have claimed at all.

Your advice would be a great help - much easier than getting in touch with HMRC at the moment it seems!

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The conditions for the scheme do not consider 2019/20 in any of the tests and there is nothing in the guidance to date to suggest that there will be any retrospective adjustments once 2019/20 tax returns are filed. As long as you answered the...

The conditions for the scheme do not consider 2019/20 in any of the tests and there is nothing in the guidance to date to suggest that there will be any retrospective adjustments once 2019/20 tax returns are filed. As long as you answered the questions in the claim correctly and honestly then HMRC have had all the information they require to assess your claim and would have refused it if you were ineligible.

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I was unemployed for many years and started work self employed with Uber in December 2019. Since locked down work has dried up and I've been unable to work. What can I claim as I don't qualify for any self employment convid 19 grants.

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You can claim universal credit or otherwise look to see if your local authority has any hardship fund.

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I have received the Grant and the first support payment, will I have to pay it back if I don't continue to trade after July due to ill health

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Hi there,
I am still confused. Some say the first grant applies if you have been affected in March, April, May. My Accountant says that if I lost income in June, I can still claim the first grant (which is open until 13 July). What is more is...

Hi there,
I am still confused. Some say the first grant applies if you have been affected in March, April, May. My Accountant says that if I lost income in June, I can still claim the first grant (which is open until 13 July). What is more is that they say if my income in May 2019 was say £3,000 and in May 2020 £1,700, I still qualify?

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The government extended the claim limit for the first grant, it was initially for three months and then they extended it until 12 July (as you note). You qualify if you can show that your business was adversely affected. We have added a new...

The government extended the claim limit for the first grant, it was initially for three months and then they extended it until 12 July (as you note). You qualify if you can show that your business was adversely affected. We have added a new section on that, - see Overview, above.

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i qualified and recieved the SEISS grant in May, however i have recieved a universal credit payment for June which has had almost £750.00 debuted leaving £213.00 for the month. i was under the impression that the SEISS grant did not require...

i qualified and recieved the SEISS grant in May, however i have recieved a universal credit payment for June which has had almost £750.00 debuted leaving £213.00 for the month. i was under the impression that the SEISS grant did not require repayment can you confirm whether this is the case please, and if so how can i address the matter ? . Thank you.

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It is likely that it is the UC that has been adjusted, not the SEISS, as SEISS is treated as earnings,
see here https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/self-employment/

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Was today the due date for being able to claim a further 3 months of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant? I cannot find a link in my government gateway account to create a second request. Thanks.

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The second grant is payable from 14 July and so I would be guessing that HMRC will add the links in early July.

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Im self employed and my business went down to 0 income. In April I was employed for 1 month and had income plus claimed grant. Now I signed another 2 months contract and will be working from July as employee (not self employed). Will I be able...

Im self employed and my business went down to 0 income. In April I was employed for 1 month and had income plus claimed grant. Now I signed another 2 months contract and will be working from July as employee (not self employed). Will I be able to claim grant in August? Thanks

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The grant is to help people who are in need and so it rather depends on you as to whether you can claim. The question is whether you intended to be self employed and still have that intention.

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I have been informed by HMRC that I am not eligible for the SEISS because one year I had a capital gain in excess of the annual exemption. Is it correct that capital gains are treated as part of “non-trading income”?

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The eligibility criteria as set out above look at trading income compared to total income, which does not include capital gains. Suggest you contact HMRC again and ask them to revisit and/or explain more clearly why you don't qualify.

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Thank you once again for your helpful reply (#781). Having now read the legislation, it seems to be that of the five profit conditions, only one of which you have to meet, it is only condition A that is not at all covered by the payment formula.

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Thank you once again for your helpful reply (#781). Having now read the legislation, it seems to be that of the five profit conditions, only one of which you have to meet, it is only condition A that is not at all covered by the payment formula.

So, as in my case, if you meet condition A only you are officially eligible but actually you're not as you are not entitled to any grant. How ludicrous!!

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