Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) guidance and eligibility checker

HMRC has updated its guidance on the SEISS, which now includes an eligibility checker. HMRC has also started to contact eligible taxpayers. Check if you are eligible and get your government gateway in advance now.

You will need your UTR and national insurance number both of which can be found on the recently issued notices to file your self-assessment tax returns. Please contact us if you have any difficulties with this process.

Application process – **Please note that Accountants cannot claim for their clients**

HMRC has now provided more information on the application process and timing.

From 4 May 2020, HMRC is contacting those self-employed individuals it believes are entitled to claim for a SEISS grant. HMRC is also providing an eligibility checker which is available to anyone, including agents and those who have not been contacted by HMRC.

The SEISS application portal will open to taxpayers on a staged basis between 13 and 18 May, with the portal opening on different days for different taxpayers (the day is randomly allocated by HMRC, it is not first come, first served). Taxpayers then log in to their government gateway account (or select the option to create an account) to complete the application process. Note that HMRC calculates the grant from its records and at no stage does the taxpayer have to provide any information about their income.

If the taxpayer does not already have a government gateway account, the Tax Faculty recommends waiting to create one until the first step of the application process (this avoids the
possibility of setting up a government gateway account that is enrolled for the wrong services and the requirement for an authentication code in the post).  There will be an alternative telephone-based service for the digitally excluded, full details are awaited.

HMRC will check the claim and expects to make payments from 25 May 2020 or within six working days of the application being submitted, whichever is the later.