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Self Employed Income Support Scheme


Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

(Version 4: Wednesday 14/5/2020)

The claims process is now opening – for details of the scheme itself, we refer you to our earlier Helpsheets.


If you are, or have recently been, self employed, you should receive a letter from HMRC inviting you to use their Online Checker to check your eligibility for this scheme.

Just because they have contacted you does not necessarily guarantee eligibility.  For example, if you had ceased trading before the coronavirus outbreak, or have not been adversely affected by the pandemic you will not qualify, even if you are Self Employed.

Please also note that if you are a director of your own limited company, you are NOT self employed and will not eligible for this scheme.

To check your eligibility, you will need the following information:

1.       Your 10 digit Unique Tax Reference (UTR) – this will be on HMRC correspondence and your tax return;

2.       Your National Insurance number.

Once you have determined that you are eligible, HMRC will invite you to claim from a certain date.  HMRC will calculate the value of your claim, based on the information filed in your tax returns over the previous 3 tax years (16/17, 17/18 and 18/19).

To make the claim, you will need your Government Gateway ID and password, plus your bank details.  If you don’t have a Government Gateway ID, there is a link to allow you to create one.  (Please note that this is not the ID that we use as your agent, but something that you will need to set up yourself.)

Unfortunately we, as your agent, are not permitted to make this claim on your behalf.  The system has been designed for the taxpayers to make their own claims.

Once you have made your claim, you should receive the funds within 6 working days.


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