Supporting the self employed

Eligibility: Self-employed (including partners in a partnership)
How to access: HMRC will contact you if you are eligible

On 3rd April, the Chancellor announced the eligible self employed will continue to receive grants worth three months' of average profits with the system open for claims from late July. But, as the economy reopens, support will be "targeted.

  • People whose turnover has fallen by 30 percent or more will continue to receive full 80 percent grant.
  • Those whose turnover has fallen by less than 30 percent will get a 30 percent grant.

600,000 more people who filed a tax return in 2019-20 now able to claim for the first time.

To qualify for self-employment support, your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and more than half of your total income for either:

  • the tax year 2018 to 2019
  • the average of the tax years 2016 to 2017, 2017 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019

The advice from HMRC is that you will need to confirm your eligibility for the self-employment support online via your government gateway.

You will only be able to claim using the GOV.UK online service. If you receive texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or a tax refund and asking you to click on a link or to give personal information, it is a scam.

Once HMRC has received your claim and your grant is approved, they will contact you to confirm how much you’ll receive.

To ensure you are ready to go when the scheme opens we are asking everyone to check they have a government gateway log on or to follow the below instructions and set one up.

Are you registered on the Government Gateway?

If you are registered, please login as you would normally to ensure your user id and password are working

If you are not, you need to register with the Government Gateway. Here is a guide to how you do this.

  1. Go to HMRC’s login page.
  2. Click the green Sign In button not the register for HMRC online services link
  3. Click “Create sign in details” below the green box on the next page
  4. Enter your email address where asked
  5. You will now be emailed a confirmation code. Use this code to confirm your email address
  6. It will then ask for your name and can set up a password
  7. You may be asked to provide a Recovery word associated with failure to remember passwords
  8. You are then given a user id and can set a password. The user id will be emailed to you but please save this and keep it somewhere safe
  9. Choose to set up an account for an Individuals taxes
  10. You will then be asked to set up a mobile number HMRC can use to send you an access code, this is used each time you log on
  11. Then enter your details as requested, First name, Last name, NI number and date of birth
  12. You will then be asked to confirm your identity with either details from your last P60 or from your passport
  13. Once you id has been confirmed the account is all set up.

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Supporting the self employed