SEISS support has been claimed by millions of self-employed workers over the last year or so and while the Government confirmed fourth grants would be on the horizon, the only details provided was that information would be forthcoming “in due course”. Today, HMRC released these details.
HMRC explained this applies under the following non-exhaustive list of examples:
- The claimant had fewer customers or clients than they’d normally expect, resulting in reduced activity due to social distancing or Government restrictions
- They had one or more contracts be cancelled and not replaced
- They carried out less work due to supply chain disruptions
- Their business has had to close due to government restrictions
- They’ve you’ve been instructed to shield or self-isolate in-line with NHS guidelines and are unable to work from home
- They’ve tested positive for coronavirus and are unable to work
- They cannot work due to caring responsibilities, for example as a result of school or childcare facility closures
Following a claim, the money should be paid into a designated bank account within six working days.
HMRC notes it should not be contacted unless it has been 10 working days since the claim and the payment hasn’t arrived.
If a business recovers after a claim, the eligibility will not be affected as this is based on the reasonable belief that the trading profits would have been significantly reduced at the time the claim was made.
When claiming, applicants must keep a copy of all appropriate records such as the amount claimed and grant claim references.