We would like to remind our readers that as part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the basic element Working Tax Credit payments was increased to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year.
You must tell your employer as soon as possible if you are showing signs of Coronavirus. Your employer will be able to inform you if you are covered by their sick leave policy. If you are, you may be asked to furnish them with an isolation note that proves you cannot work due to Coronavirus symptoms. You can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online in England, NHS inform in Scotland, NHS Direct in Wales and from the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.
If you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you could receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of your profits, up to £2,500 per month. The initial grant is for the three months, from 1 March through to the end of May 2020, but this measure could be extended. You can only make a claim if your business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus. For most claims, the grant will be based on average trading profit over the tax years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19.