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On the 26th March 2020, the  UK government announced a range of new measures for self-employed individuals which will provide direct cash grants worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant equivalent to 

  • 80% of your trading profits
  • up to a maximum of £2,500 per month

This scheme is currently available for the next 3 months, however it may be extended if needed. 

Are you eligible? 

You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or in a partnership. 

You also need to have complied with the following: 

  • You submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • You were trading in the tax year 2019-20
  • You are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • You intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • You have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19.

 

Your self-employed trading profits must also be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income come from self-employment.

This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:

  • Having trading profits/partnership trading profits in 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your total taxable income
  • Having average trading profits in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your average taxable income in the same period

If you started trading between 2016-19, HMRC will only use those years for which you filed a Self-Assessment tax return.

If you have not submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19, you must do this by 23 April 2020.

HMRC will use data on 2018-19 returns already submitted to identify those eligible and will risk assess any late returns filed before the 23 April 2020 deadline in the usual way.

How much you will get

You will get a taxable grant which will be 80% of the average profits from the tax years (where applicable):

  • 2016 to 2017
  • 2017 to 2018
  • 2018 to 2019

To work out the average HMRC will add together the total trading profit for the 3 tax years (where applicable) then divide by 3 (where applicable) and use this to calculate a monthly amount.

It will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.

HMRC will pay the grant directly into your bank account, in one instalment.

How to apply

You cannot apply for this scheme yet.

HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online.

 

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