Self Employed Income Support Update

Are you One of the 3.4 million Self-employed individuals eligible for the Income support scheme? Learn about the Covid-19 Self-Employed Income Support Update the Second Installment. The facts.

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As at 30th June 2020 75% have made claims totaling £7.4 billion. Construction Workers claimed £3.1 billion of this.

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The  Self Employed grant scheme (SEISS) has been extended. If you were eligible for the first grant and can confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020.

The scheme allows you to claim a second and final taxable grant worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single installment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

As with the first grant HMRC will contact you if you’re eligible. They will work out your eligibility for the second grant in the same way as the first grant.

You can make a claim for the second grant if you’re eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

How the grant works

If you receive the grant you can continue to work, start a new trade or take on other employment including voluntary work. The grant does not need to be repaid but will be subject to Income Tax and National Insurance and will form part of the Income of your next set of accounts.

Who can claim?

You can claim if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020.

Your business could be adversely affected by coronavirus if, for example:

you’re unable to work because you are:

    • shielding
    • self-isolating
    • on sick leave because of corona virus
    • having caring responsibilities because of corona virus
    • you’ve had to scale down, temporarily stop trading or incurred additional costs because:
      • your supply chain has been interrupted
      • you have fewer or no customers or clients
      • your staff are unable to come in to work
      • one or more of your contracts have been cancelled
      • you had to buy protective equipment so you could trade following social distancing rules

We recommend that you keep evidence to confirm your business was adversely affected at the time you made your claim.

All of the following must also apply. You have:

  • traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
  • traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020
  • intended to continue to trade in the tax year 2020 to 2021
  • carried on a trade which has been adversely affected by coronavirus

You cannot claim the grant if you trade through a limited company or a trust.


You must make the claim yourself. We as your agent or adviser cannot claim on your behalf as this will trigger a fraud alert, and you will have to contact HMRC. This will cause a significant delay to you receiving your payment.

Deadline Date Eligibility

There is a deadline for claims being made. To claim the second and final grant you must claim on or before 19 October 2020.

and to claim you’ll need your:

    • Government Gateway user ID and password.  If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you make your claim
    • UK bank details (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted) including:
      • bank account number
      • sort code
      • name on the account
      • your address linked to your bank account

You’ll have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020.

How much will you get?

The second and final grant is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single installment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total. The online service from HMRC will tell you how your grant is worked out. HMRC will calculate the grant amount which will be paid directly into your bank account, in one installment. The online service is not available yet. If you’re eligible you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020.

We can assist you although we cannot make the claim on your behalf so please contact us for guidance or call 01942322767. Or Contact us through our website

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As the country continues to climb out of lockdown we are continuing with our programme of a gradual phased reopening. Next week we will be open during our normal working hours. This will be the first time since 23rd March. But of course, we have all worked hard to ensure we provide client service to the highest possible but safe level during this period. In doing so we didn’t have to furlough any of our staff. We are extremely proud of our staff for the commitment and contribution they have made during this period. But the next phase is to get back to having staff in the office every day. By installing a new telephone system capable of video calls during lockdown gives us closer contact with clients, allowing us to continue Face to Face meetings in a digital setting. The client portal is now fully functioning bringing swifter transfer of documents to and from in a secure environment. We have installed a door entry system to the office to ensure that we have control of social distancing when visitors call in. We also took the opportunity to develop our marketing approach with the introduction of a digital brochure. This provides enquirers with easy access and a quick way of discovering our services as well as being low cost and a better environmental solution. Click here to access a copy.

We could shout out that we are ready for business, but for us it never stopped.

Stamp duty temporarily reduced

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary cut in the rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in order to boost confidence in the flagging housing market in his Summer Economic Update.

Property transactions fell by 50% in May this year and house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years. In response, the government will temporarily increase the nil-rate band of residential SDLT in England and Northern Ireland from £125,000 to £500,000. This will apply to purchases from 8 July 2020 until 31 March 2021.

Additionally, the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant, providing at least £2 for every £1 homeowners and landlords spend to make their homes more energy efficient, up to £5,000 per household. The scheme aims to upgrade over 600,000 homes across England, helping to reduce energy bills and support the green economy.

Eric Leenders, Managing Director of Personal Finance at UK Finance, said:

‘The Chancellor’s announcement on stamp duty should give a welcome boost to the housing market and in turn have positive knock-on effects for the wider economy.

‘This measure designed to re-boot the housing market builds on the wide package of support put in place by mortgage lenders, working with the regulator and HM Treasury, to help customers through these tough times.

‘The industry has a clear plan to help homeowners whatever their financial situation and is committed to providing ongoing support to those customers who need it.’

Internet link: GOV.UK publications and UK Finance press release.

Flexible furloughing starts on job retention scheme

On 1 July, changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) saw flexible furloughing introduced, so employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks.

Following the change the CJRS has more flexibility to allow claims on a pro rata basis. Employers will be able to permit employees to work some of the week and be furloughed for the rest.

An employee needs to have been furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks between 1 March and 30 June to be eligible for furlough from 1 July. Additionally, after 1 July, employers may be subject to a cap on the number of employees that can be claimed for in a CJRS claim they are able to make.

The CJRS changes have effect from 1 July until the closure of the scheme on 31 October.

Parents returning from statutory maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, shared parental leave and bereavement leave are broadly exempt from the CJRS furlough changes. So parents who are returning to work over the coming months will be eligible for the CJRS despite the scheme closing to new entrants on 30 June.

Additionally, from 1 August, the level of the grant will be reduced each month. From August the employer will need to pay employer national insurance and pension contributions for the time the employee is furloughed. For August, the government will continue to pay 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500 proportional to the hours the employee is furloughed. For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to £2,187.50, and for October, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum of £1,875. During these months employers will have to top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to the £2,500 cap.

Internet link: GOV.UK publications