Self Employment Income Support Scheme SEISS - untied

Self Employment Income Support Scheme SEISS

Update: November support now doubled to 80% for Phase 3 and applications from 30 November. Recently self-continued to lose out.

If you are self-employed and your income has fallen during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be eligible for the Covid Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

With a winter lockdown coming, the Government has announced that the scheme will be extended through to April 2021. This will be in the form of two payments, covering the periods from November to January, and February to April.

Applications open on 30 November and will be linked from this page.

Support can be given to those whose self-employment income has been affected by the pandemic in the relevant period. The grant will be increased to 80% for November to January, with a total maximum of £7,500 for the period. For February to April, the percentage has not yet been announced.

You do not need to have taken SEISS support in the first or second rounds to receive support going forward.

The recently and not-so-recently self-employed will miss out – eligibility is based on tax returns up to 2018/19 ie earnings since 6 April 2019 are not taken into account. We don’t like this and have written to HMRC on behalf of the untied community to share our concerns..

What you need to do

When the Government puts the next phase live, you will need your Unique Taxpayer Reference, and National Insurance Number to access it. If you need them, you can find your UTR and NINO reference numbers in your untied account

More about the SEISS scheme extension at gov.uk.

Note that the initial link to apply to the scheme no longer works. If you believe that you are eligible for the SEISS support, but the check suggests that you are not, then we urge you to follow up with HMRC.