Just a quick post regarding the UK Government’s SEISS – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension, announced today 24th Sept 2020. No details available yet regarding when applications for the SEISS Grant Extension will open but it appears that it will, as before, be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible and are actively continuing to trade with reduced demand due to COVID-19. So if you were previously eligible, then you most likely still will be. You do not have to have claimed previously though.
SEISS Grant Extension overview
In a nutshell, the SEISS – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension will be in two parts and last for 6 months, covering firstly November 2020 to the end of January 2021 and secondly February 2021 to the end of April 2021. It will now be worth 20% of average monthly profits as opposed to the previous grants of 80% and 70% respectively. I assume this is based on the same 3 year average as previously but it doesn’t state that specifically. It will be paid in two lumps sums, each covering the aforementioned 3 month periods, and it seems that each lump sum payment will be capped at £1,875.
As previously, the grants will be taxable.
The following text is taken verbatim from the gov.uk website pdf document:
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension Factsheet
What is the scheme?
The Chancellor recognises the continued impact that COVID-19 has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support.
The SEISS Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed. The grant will be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the SEISS and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to COVID-19.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the scheme, self-employed individuals, including members of partnerships, must meet the following criteria:
- Currently be eligible for the SEISS (although they do not have to have claimed the previous grants)
- Declare that they are currently actively trading and intend to continue to trade
- Declare that they are impacted by reduced demand due to COVID-19 in thequalifying period. The qualifying period for the first grant is between 1 November and the date of claim
What does the grant cover?
The extension will provide two grants and will last for six months, from November 2020 to April 2021. Grants will be paid in two lump sum instalments each covering a three- month period.
The first grant will cover a three-month period from the start of November until the end of January. The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 20 per cent of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £1,875 in total.
The Government are providing broadly the same level of support for the self-employed as is being provided for employees through the Job Support scheme.
The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April. The Government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.
The grants are subject to Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions.
How can I claim?
HMRC will provide full details about claiming and applications in guidance on gov.uk in due course.