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Assistance was yesterday announced by the government to enable self-employed individuals or members of partnerships to claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Selfemployment Income Support Scheme.

You can use this scheme if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:

  • have submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

In order to qualify for the scheme self-employed trading profits must be less than £50,000 and more than half of income must come from self-employment. This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:

  • having trading profits/partnership trading profits in 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your total taxable income
  • having average trading profits in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your average taxable income in the same period

If you started trading between 2016-19, HMRC will only use those years for which you filed a Self-Assessment tax return. If potential applicants have not submitted their Income Tax Self-Assessment tax returns for the tax year 2018-19, they must do this by 23 April 2020.

The scheme does not apply to anyone who started trading in 2019/20.

Successful applicants will receive a taxable grant which will be 80% of their average profits from the following tax years (where relevant):

  • 2016 to 2017
  • 2017 to 2018
  • 2018 to 2019

The maximum grant will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months and will be paid directly into applicants’ bank accounts in one lump sum to cover the three-month period when the scheme will be applicable. the government will be looking to make the first payments “no later than the beginning of June”.

It is not possible apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact eligible persons and invite them to apply online.

To find out more please get in-touch with your usual contact at Claritas Tax.

Further information is available under the following:
COVID-19 self-employment income support scheme

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