This week, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will start contacting around three and a half million customers who may be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to explain the application process and help them get ready to make a claim.
The claims service opens on Wednesday 13 May and is being delivered ahead of schedule, with payments reaching bank accounts by 25 May, or six working days after the claim is made.
An online checker was made available from Monday 4 May which lets customers check their eligibility for themselves, as well as giving them a date on which they can apply.
Where individuals are ineligible for the scheme, HMRC will direct them to guidance setting out the conditions to help them understand why they are ineligible, and advice about other support that might be available to them such as: income tax deferrals, rental support, Universal Credit, access to mortgage holidays and other various business support schemes.
HMRC phone lines are expected to be very busy over the next few weeks as people enter this new scheme, so customers are encouraged to only call if they can’t find what they need on GOV.UK, from their tax agent or via the webchat service.
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Posted on: Wednesday 6th May 2020