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Applications for the SEISS 3rd grant open today (3oth November 2020). This latest round of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme covers the period from November 2020 to January 2021 inclusive. If you are eligible, you will receive 80% of your average monthly trading profits for the three-month period. The grant is capped at a maximum of £7,500.

However, before you claim, you need to know that the eligibility criteria for the SEISS 3rd grant are much stricter. Please do familiarise yourself with the new criteria before claiming – or you may have to pay the grant back.

SEISS 3rd grant eligibility criteria

To apply for the SEISS 3rd grant, you must have been eligible for the first two rounds of the scheme. You must have traded during the tax years 2018/19 and 2019/20 and you must either:

  1. Be trading now, but be impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
  2. Have been trading, but are temporarily unable to do so because of COVID-19

In addition, you must intend to continue trading.

Importantly, for this SEISS claim:

You must reasonably believe that you will suffer a significant reduction in trading profits due to reduced business activity, capacity or demand or inability to trade due to coronavirus during the period 1 November to 29 January 2021. You must keep evidence that shows how your business has been impacted by coronavirus resulting in less business activity than otherwise expected.

The key element here is ‘significant reduction’ of your trading profits. If, for example, your profits have dipped solely because you’ve had to buy PPE, that is not deemed  a significant reduction. Likewise, if you go on holiday and have to self-isolate, you can’t claim if this is the only circumstance making a negative impact on your business.

HMRC has published detailed guidance on how your trading conditions affect your eligibility for SEISS. We recommend reading them before making an application for the 3rd grant. Alternatively, if you’re a THP client, speak to your account manager if you’d like advice on whether you can claim.

How do I claim?

You can claim the SEISS 3rd grant via the government’s online portal at any time between now and 29 January. You will need your Unique Taxpayer Reference number, your National Insurance number, your Government Gateway ID and password, plus your bank details.

If you do claim, it’s essential that you keep evidence that you have reason to believe that your trading profits will be significantly reduced – you’ll need it in case HMRC decides to check your claim at a later date.

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