Covid-19 has wreaked havoc throughout the world. With the third lockdown now upon us, many self-employed workers are suffering from enormous losses to their income. The good news is help is available. The government’s new scheme, known as the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, was designed to help workers through the coronavirus crisis.
The SEISS arrangement was first brought in last year in 2020, to provide grants to those whose income has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. From May 2020 self-employed workers were able to apply for the grant. However, applications for the first grant closed in July 2020. The second grant shortly followed, lasting between August-October and was worth up to £6,570. And finally, a third grant was brought into play to assist through the winter months.
But is there going to be a fourth grant?
The simple answer is yes, an economic update from the house of commons confirmed the scheme will be extended through February to March.
A whopping three million people have already applied since the first grant release and over 20 billion pounds already handed out.
So far the government has not given any indications to how much support you can get under the fourth grant but rest assured more information is due to be published shortly.
Who can claim?
As the fourth grant covers February to April, it is time to get your applications in. Unfortunately, eligibility conditions have not changed. So if you were not eligible for the first three grants, you wouldn’t qualify for this grant either.
Here is what you need to know to apply:
- You must show you are currently trading but have been impacted by reduced demand.
- You must declare you have been trading but are currently unable to do so due to the pandemic.
- You must show the impact put on your business at the time of the current grant.
- If you filed a tax return for 2018/19 on or before April 2020, and provide proof, you were trading through that tax year.
- You must declare you intend to continue trading.
- Finally, you must declare you reasonably believe there will be a significant reduction to your trading profits at the time of your grant.
Be wary, as there a few things that can affect your application, these being:
- If your tax return was late, amended or under enquiry.
- You are a member of a partnership.
- You have had a new child.
- You claim averaging relief.
- You have state aid.
- You are a military reservist.
- You have loans covered by the loan charge.
- You are a non-resident or chose the remittance basis.
To apply for the grant schemes, you must visit the Gov website before the end of April. Remember to make sure you have with you your unique taxpayer reference, national insurance number, government gateway user ID and password and your UK bank details. You will need these to begin your application process.