The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications at 8am on 13 May 2020. The scheme will provide grants of up to £2,500 per month based on 80% of average profits to qualifying applicants.
HMRC has reiterated that the claim is designed to be made by the claimant directly and that advisers cannot make a claim on behalf of their clients. Instead, qualifying applicants need to make a claim using their own Government Gateway account.
As we have written previously, if you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you will receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of profits, up to £2,500 per month. The initial grant will be for the three months, from 1 March through to the end of May 2020, but could be extended for a longer period. You can only make a claim if your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.
On 30 April 2020, HM Treasury published its Direction to HMRC giving statutory footing for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The document makes it clear that one of the conditions for using the scheme is that the self-employed must have been adversely affected by reason of circumstances arising as a result of coronavirus or coronavirus disease, in order to apply.