Orkney Islands Council is encouraging those who are self-employed to go online and check to see if they are eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - which opens next week.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has this week started contacting around three and a half million customers who may be eligible for the scheme 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.
More information is available here.
Councillor Graham Sinclair said: “For Orkney especially, due to the high levels of self-employment, it’s a welcome scheme introduced by HMRC. It will help to support those folk who are self-employed and whose business has been affected by the pandemic. I’m sure it will bring some folk a bit of relief at this troubling time.
The scheme will benefit self-employed individuals or those in a partnership whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, covering most people who get at least half of their income from self-employment. SEISS is a temporary scheme that will enable those eligible to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits) in a single instalment.
HMRC is using information that customers have provided in their 2018-19 tax return – and returns for 2016-17 and 2017-18 where needed – to determine their eligibility and is contacting customers who may be eligible via email, SMS or letter.
Customers are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, they traded in 2019-20, intend to continue trading and they:
For those who are not eligible, HMRC will direct them to guidance setting out the conditions to help them understand why they are not eligible, and advice about other support that might be available to them.