CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 KEY POINTS FOR Self-Employment (SOLE TRADER) Income Support Scheme (seis)
Claiming a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) self-employment income support scheme (SEIS) worth 80% of trading profit
You can use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.
This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months payable after HMRC checks your last 3 years tax returns filed. This may be extended by the government if needed.
Who can apply for this
You can apply if you’re self-employed (sole trader) or a member of a partnership and you:
If you have not submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19, you must do this by 23 April 2020. We can help you do this and you need to get in touch today.
HMRC said they will use data on 2018-19 tax returns already submitted to identify those eligible and will risk assess any late returns filed before the 23 April 2020 deadline in the usual way. If you have tax to pay for your 2018-19 tax return then this will need to be up to date.
How much will you get from hmrc
You can get a taxable grant which will be 80% of the average profits from the tax years (if all 3 available):
They say it will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. And they will pay the grant directly into your bank account, in one instalment. The bank details on your 18-19 tax return will most likely used as it is already in their records.
How to apply for it
You cannot apply for this scheme yet yourself. HMRC say they will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online. This may take some time as staffing levels are affected by COVID-19.
Individuals are advised they do not need to contact HMRC now and doing so will only delay the urgent work being undertaken to introduce the scheme.
You will access this scheme only through GOV.UK. website so be careful of fraud - And if someone texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you can claim financial help or are owed a tax refund, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam.
After you’ve applied for it
Once HMRC has received your claim and you are deemed eligible for the grant, they will contact you to tell you how much you will get and the payment details. Previously this was by letter to the tax payers home for income tax refunds - it may be by text or emails also if HMRC has these records for you.
Note: If you claim tax credits you’ll need to include the grant in your claim as income. This income is taxable.
Other help you can get as well
The government stated it is also providing the following additional help for the self-employed:
If you need help with your applications for government grants, loans and allowances as described above then as authorised HMRC agents and expert tax accountants Tax Affinity Accountants are available to support your business at this critical time. Urgently contact us by clicking here and we will use our expertise to support your business through this difficult time.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
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