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COVID-19: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

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COVID-19: Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

The Chancellor announced on 26 March 2020 direct cash grants to the self-employed. This is 80% of the average monthly trading profit over the last three years and up to £2,500 per month for at least 3 months.

 About the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

  • Claims will be by direct application to HMRC 'using a simple online form' and the money paid directly into people’s bank accounts.
  • The scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19 or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 from 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 and more than half their income in these periods must come from self-employment.
  • HMRC will identify eligible taxpayers and contact them directly with guidance on how to apply.
  • The scheme will cover the three months to May.
  • Payments will be in a single lump sum instalment covering all 3 months.
  • Payments will start to be made from the beginning of June.
  • Individuals who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered. They will fall within the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  • The scheme also applies to members of partnerships.

I am an employment lawyer based in our Colchester office. I can be contacted on 01206 217318 or julie.temple@birkettlong.co.uk.

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