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  1. Here's how you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. HM Revenue & Customs is currently open to receive applications for second grant online. Before you can make a claim, you must first check if you are eligible (see 'Eligibility' section). If you’re eligible to receive the grant, HMRC will give you a date to make your claim. If you have not received a date from HMRC and you think you’re eligible, you can use the online service to check. LINK.
  2. If you are eligible, you must make your claim on or before 19 October 2020. When you make your claim you will be asked by HMRC to confirm that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020.
  3. Before you make a claim online please have these following information ready:
    • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
    • National Insurance number
    • Government Gateway user ID and password – if you do not have a user ID, or have lost it, you can create one or find out how to recover your login details when you make your claim - here's a link you can use - LINK
    • UK bank details (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted) including:
      • bank account number
      • sort code
      • name on the account
      • your address linked to your bank account
  4. Click the link to apply for a grant through Self‐Employment Income Support Scheme Online Application.
  5. Enter your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference number on the box provided and then click the "Continue" button.
  6. On the following pages you will be required by the system to answer a couple of questions that will help determine if you are eligible to receive the grant. All you need to do is click the button that corresponds to your answer or enter your answer on the box provided and then click the "Continue" button.
  7. Based on you answers the system will determine if you are eligible to apply for the grant. Simply follow the online instructions on how to file a claim and provide all needed information.
  8. Please keep in mind that you need to complete your application all in one go. You will not be able to save it and come back later. Take as long as you need to complete your application. As part of the procedure to keep your information secure, the system will delete your answers if you do not enter information on any page for more than 15 minutes. You will be given a chance to extend the time if ever this happens. If you do not extend the time, you will have to start all over again. In case you’re unable to claim online you should contact HMRC and ask for assistance.
  9. HMRC will process your claim in the next six (6) working days. Once approved, the Office will pay your grant into your bank account. You will be notified via email when your payment is on its way. Reminder: Please do not contact HMRC unless it has been more than 10 working days since you made your claim and you have not received your payment in that time.
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Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

Office Locations & Contacts

HM Revenue & Customs

Telephone:
0800 024 1222

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Closed on bank holidays.

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Eligibility

You can claim a grant if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and your business has been adversely affected due to coronavirus.

Applications for the first grant closed on 13 July 2020. You may now apply to receive second grant if your business must have been affected on or after 14 July 2020.

To be eligible to receive second grant all of the following must apply:

  • you traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
  • you traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
  • you intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021

You CANNOT claim the grant if you trade through a limited company or a trust.

Your eligibility for the grant won't be affected if you claim Maternity Allowance.

To determine your eligibility the HMRC will take a look at your 2018 to 2019 Self Assessment tax return. Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income. If you’re not eligible based on the 2018 to 2019 Self Assessment tax return, HMRC will then look at the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019.

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Processing Time

HMRC will process your claim in the next six (6) working days. Do not contact HMRC unless it has been more than 10 working days since you made your claim and you have not received your payment in that time.

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Instructions

Applications for the second grant are now open. You can make a claim if your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020. You must make your claim for the second grant on or before 19 October 2020.

This is how the second grant will be computed:
For example your average trading profits were £42,000 over the last 3 tax years.

Average trading profit £42,000
Divide by 12 £3,500
Multiply by 3 £10,500
Work out 70% £7,350

As the maximum amount payable for this grant is £6,570 that is the amount you will receive.

Required Information

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
  • National Insurance number
  • Government Gateway user ID and password
  • UK bank details (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted) including:
    • bank account number
    • sort code
    • name on the account
    • your address linked to your bank account
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If you receive the grant you can still continue to work. You are also allowed to start a new trade or take on other employment including voluntary work and duties as a military reservist

You also do not need to repay the grant if you’re eligible, but the amount will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance.

HMRC will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate. If you know you’ve been overpaid or are not eligible for the grant and do not tell the Office you may have to pay a penalty .

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External Links

UK Government Services Website

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