Clarification about the Self Employment Income Support Scheme

Source and credit to: Jones Harris

HMRC are encouraging people to use the SEISS eligibility checker now and get their Government Gateway credentials if you don’t already have them. This will make applying for the grant quicker and easier when it is your time to apply.

Check online if you’re eligible and when you’ll be able to claim

If you are eligible, you will be given a date, between 13 and 18 May, from which you can apply. This date is assigned randomly to help HMRC manage demand on the service, making sure that everyone who needs to make a claim can do so.

You will also be asked to provide your Government Gateway credentials (user ID and password) and check that your bank and contact details are up to date. This is important so that HMRC can remind you by email or text message when it’s your turn to make a claim.

The application process

When the application process goes live on 13 May, we can continue to support anyone who is bemused by the system, but we are not allowed to complete the claim on your behalf. The application process will show how HMRC has calculated the grant you are due to receive.

If you wish HMRC to review their calculation of your eligibility , Jones Harris can do so on your behalf however we will need to make a small charge to cover our costs as it will  involve technical time from our tax team. HMRC have stressed however that the checker has an extremely high accuracy rate. If you do wish to request a review, HMRC will look at these cases from 18 May and they will respond by the end of May.