HMRC has begun to contact customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme.
Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment.
HMRC is also inviting customers, or their agents, to go online and check their eligibility for SEISS.
In order to receive quick confirmation from the eligibility checker, individuals should:
- Have their Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) and their National Insurance number to hand
- Make sure their details are up-to-date in their Government Gateway account
Once the online check is complete, eligible customers will be given a date when they can submit their claim. They will also be encouraged to update their contact details.
The claim service opened on 13 May and is being delivered ahead of the original timetable. Those eligible will have the money paid into their bank account by 25 May, or within six working days of completing a claim.