SEISS Application – Coronavirus

From midday on 13th May, eligible self-employed individuals will be able to make a claim under the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

HMRC have a released an online tool to assist in determining whether or not you will be eligible for a grant.

To use the eligibility tool, you will need to have your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) and your National Insurance number to hand. These details will allow HMRC to determine your eligibility immediately, although it will not state the amount you are entitled to claim through the scheme.

If, after entering your details, HMRC indicate that you are eligible you will be asked to enter your contact details. This is to allow HMRC to contact you to advise on when you should claim, and any action you need to take beforehand.

In order to provide HMRC with these details, you will need to have your own individual Government Gateway account. If you do not have an existing account you will be prompted, after you have completed the eligibility check, to set one up.

It is important to note that you will be required to complete the application for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) yourself.

Your accountant will not be able to submit the application on your behalf as an agent, which is why it is crucial to ensure that you have your own Government Gateway account.

Action to take:

  • Use the online tool to determine if you are eligible for a grant under the Self-Employed Income Scheme (SEISS).
  • If you are eligible, provide HMRC with your contact details when prompted by logging in to your Government Gateway account.
  • If you do not have an account, follow the instructions provided within the online tool on how to create one.
  • Await instruction from HMRC on when, and how, you should make your claim.

If the tool determines that you are not eligible, but you feel that you should be, there will be a link provided via which you can ask HMRC to review the result.

Once the online application service becomes available from 13th May, you will be able to make a claim. You should not contact HMRC prior to this date as further information on how to apply will be made available soon.

After you have submitted your claim, you will be told immediately if your grant application has been approved. You should then expect the funds to arrive in your nominated bank account within 6 working days.

Please get in touch if you would like any further advice on the Coronavirus and government support.