How to check your eligibility and apply for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme

We hope this guide helps provide some clarity on how to check your eligibility and apply for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.

HMRC have confirmed that all claims must be made through an individuals own Government Gateway.  As it’s quicker, easier and requires specific identification details, we’re advising our self employed clients to create a Government Gateway themselves. 
 

HMRC have provided a video on how to check your eligibility and create a Government Gateway.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): Using the eligibility checker

Alternatively, below is a step by step guide to check your eligibility and how to create a Government Gateway;

  1. Go to HMRC website using the following link – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
  2. On the contents select – Check if you’re eligible to claim
  3. Click the green Check now
  4. Enter your 10 digit personal Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
  5. Enter your National Insurance number (NI No)
  6. HMRC will confirm whether you are eligible or not for the grant
  7. If you are eligible, HMRC will provide a date in which you are able to make your claim.
  8. To get ready for making the claim please select the green Continue
  9. Sign in to HMRC or create sign in details
  10. To create sign in details click the create them now. An email address will be required as a code will be sent to it as part of the verification process.
  11. HMRC will then ask you to complete a section about your personal details (such as Name, NI number and date of birth.
  12. HMRC will then ask you to confirm your Identity
  13. Next step HMRC will give you some options in which you can use to confirm identity (this could be valid passport, UK photo card driving licence or other ways)
  14. Once identity has been confirmed then HMRC will ask for an email and phone number to send reminder when you’re able to make your claim.

These are uncertain times and things are moving fast so we would urge you to keep abreast of matters by following a trusted broadcaster such as the BBC and also using all the reputable information sources that are open to you such as the CBI, FSB, Chambers of Commerce and your relevant trade body.

As things continue to move so quickly, the important details of how, what and when are not readily available but as and when we have more details then we will be in touch again.

Until then, stay strong and stay safe.