FIFTH SELF-EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT GRANT TO BE PAID IN JULY

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Gerry MacCrossan

FIFTH SELF-EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT GRANT TO BE PAID IN JULY


The fifth (and final) SEISS grant will be available for the self-employed to claim towards the end of July.

The eligibility criteria remain broadly the same as the fourth grant. Self-employed profits in 2019/20 must not exceed £50,000 and must be more than 50% of your total income. If that test is not met, then the same £50,000 and 50% tests are applied to average profits and total income over the four fiscal years to 2019/20.

Self-employed traders need not have claimed grants under the previous scheme to qualify for the July payment and will be required to confirm that their business continues to be adversely affected by Covid-19. The amount that traders will be able to claim will depend on how much their turnover has reduced. If the reduction is more than 30%, the grant will be 80% of average profits capped at £7,500, but if less than 30%, only 30% of average profits, capped at £2,850. We are still waiting for more details from HMRC on the turnover comparison.

PLEASE LET US HAVE DETAILS OF YOUR SEISS GRANTS FOR YOUR 2020/21 TAX RETURN

As you are probably aware, tax agents could not claim SEISS grants on their client’s behalf, and we do not currently have access to the amounts you have claimed.

If you are self-employed and have received any SEISS grants in 2020/21, please let us know the details of the amounts received to include the correct amounts in your return. The payments received are taxable but should not be included in your turnover as that would mean double counting. Contact us to find out more.