Are you eligible for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant.
If eligible, you can claim from 28 April – this is your personal claim date. You can apply anytime from then until 1 June.
Please do not attempt to apply before your personal claim date as the service will not be available to you. Our helplines will be unable to process your claim.
To apply, you’ll need to reasonably believe there is a significant reduction in your trading profits due to coronavirus between February 2021 and April 2021, and that you intend to continue to trade.
If you claim, you must also keep appropriate records as evidence of the impact on your business.
Eligibility and calculation of the grant
For full details of eligibility criteria, and how the grant is calculated, please visit GOV.UK and search ‘Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ or SEISS.
How to claim
Make sure to claim on or after your personal claim date.
Claiming online is the quickest and easiest way to get your grant, as it only takes about five minutes. Search for ‘Self-Employment Income Support Scheme’ on GOV.UK.
To confirm your eligibility and make your claim, you’ll need your:
- National Insurance number: If you don’t know this: go to the HMRC app, your online Personal Tax Account (PTA) or ask your tax agent (if you have one).
- Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number: You can find this on your Self Assessment papers, in your PTA or by asking your tax agent.
- Government Gateway user ID and password: To avoid delays, please check that you can log in to the Government Gateway before your personal claim date. If you don’t have an account, or have forgotten your details, follow the instructions on GOV.UK by searching ‘HMRC services: sign in or register’. Please also check your contact details are correct in your Government Gateway account.
- Your bank account number and sort code: For a building society account, please include the roll number, if you have one.
We will also ask for the address that your bank or building society account is registered to. Please note this is your address – most likely your home or business premises – not the address of your bank or building society.
If you haven’t claimed before
Claiming online is quick and easy. If this is your first time claiming a SEISS grant, you may be asked additional questions to prove your identity.
Questions could relate to any of the following:
- your UK passport
- information held on your credit file (such as loans, credit cards or mortgages)
- your Self Assessment tax return (within the last three years)
- your tax credit claim
- your P60
- one of your three most recent payslips.
Please have this information ready when making your claim. Your claim may be delayed if you cannot answer the identity verification questions.
After you have submitted your claim
Once you have completed your claim, we will undertake checks to verify it. We’ll pay the money directly into your bank account within six working days of receiving your claim.
You must keep appropriate records as evidence of the impact on your business.
Support with your claim
It’s important that you make the claim yourself, although you can ask a friend, family member, accountant or tax agent to help you. Please don’t allow anyone to make a claim on your behalf – including your accountant or tax agent – as this could lead to delays in your payment.
Visit GOV.UK for the most up-to-date information about the SEISS. Please only call us if you cannot find the support you need on GOV.UK or our webchat service – this will leave our lines open for those who need our help most.
A word about scams
We are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. If someone gets in touch claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, please do not respond.
You can forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to email@example.com and texts to 60599. Search ‘Check a list of genuine HMRC contacts’ on GOV.UK.
Access the National Cyber Security Centre’s new guide on how to stay secure online and protect yourself or your business against cybercrime by searching ‘Cyber Aware’.