The scheme is now open to claim the second and final grant through the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).
HMRC are issuing individuals with a date they can apply, between 17th and 21st August, to stagger the online claims in order to prevent the system from crashing.
If you’re eligible and 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.
As with the first grant HMRC will contact eligible taxpayers and calculate the amount of taxable grant available. It is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, and will be paid out in a single installment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.
You must make the claim yourself, HMRC are not allowing agents to make claims on behalf of clients.
HMRC strongly advise that agents should not use client credentials to apply for grants on their behalf and that doing so may trigger HMRC fraud checks and delay payment of the grant.
If you have not received a date from HMRC and think you’re eligible, you can use the online service to check.
You will need your:
- Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
- National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password – (you will have had to create one to make the first SEISS claim, if you didn’t already have one)
- 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
We are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts from fraudsters trying to take advantage of the coronavirus situation. If someone gets in touch claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, please do not respond. This grant can only be claimed via your Government Gateway account.
Here is the link to claim via the HMRC website: