The online service for claiming under the latest phase of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open in the next few days. Here are the latest updates on the scheme and details of when HMRC will be contacting you.
Customers receiving their personal claim dates
HMRC have begun contacting eligible customers to give them a personal claim date, from which they can make their SEISS claim. HMRC will have contacted you either by email, letter or through the online service, depending on what contact details they hold.
You can make their claim from this personal claim date in late April, until the claims service closes at 11:59pm on 1 June 2021.
If you have not been contacted by HMRC
If you believe you are eligible for the scheme but are yet to hear from HMRC, their advice is to wait until the end of the month before contacting HMRC. They are inviting customers to claim on different days to ensure the system is fast and easy to use, so they can support millions of people quickly and easily.
Contacting ineligible customers
HMRC have also contacted self-employed people who have previously claimed SEISS support but are no longer eligible. There are several reasons for ineligibility, for example:
• not filing your 2019-20 Self Assessment return on or before 2 March 2021
• if the information on your 2019-20 Self Assessment return means you no longer meet the eligibility criteria,
• if you’ve permanently ceased trading.