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Coronavirus - Help for the self-employed

Financial Assistance for Self-employed

Government assistance is provided to mirror the funds available to employees but with key exceptions. The government has already paid one set of grants to Self-employed individuals back in July. Now it has opened up applications for a second and final grant. Applications must be made on or before 19th October 2020.

The scheme

In an aim to mirror the phase out of the furlough scheme.  The second grant is capped at £6,570 for the three month period.  The taxable grant is equal to 70% of average monthly profits over the last three years, but with the £6,570 cap.  

Unlike the furlough scheme you can still claim even if you carry on working or take a job or volunteer.  Also unlike the Furlough scheme you can claim the second grant even if you haven’t claimed the first.  

If you are self-employed as well as employed the you could qualify under both schemes. However, you must be able to say that your business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus.

Restrictions on who can claim

Four key restrictions apply

  1. If trading profits exceed £50,000 you will not be eligible for the funding. The test is applied for 2018, 2019 and the average of last three years
  2. Income from self-employment must be more than 50% of your total income in any of those three periods
  3. Must have filed a tax return for 2019 in order to claim. 
  4. Self-employment must not have finished

HMRC say that they will contact you directly and invite you to claim. We have emailed our clients who might be eligible. There is a portal where you can lodge a claim. If you do so they will pay the appropriate level of income straight into your bank account. 

HMRC Video - Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - how to claim the second grant step-by-step

Lettings Income

HMRC are clear that property letting businesses will not qualify - even those qualifying as furnished holiday lets.