Government Financial Support for Self-Employed

The government has released a raft of measures to support businesses and sole traders through the Covid-19 pandemic. Use the support finder to see what schemes are still available for you and your business.

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SEISS - Claiming the fifth grant

You can claim the fifth grant if you think that your business profit has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 May 2021 and 30 September 2021, and you meet the eligibility criteria. Find out more here.

Self-Employment Income Support (SEISS) (21/04/2021)

Applications for the fourth SEISS grant are now open and you must make your claim on or before 1 June 2021.

What you’ll need to make your claim

You’ll need your:

  • Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
  • National Insurance number
  • Government Gateway user ID and password
  • UK bank details including account number, sort code, name on the account and address linked to the account

Only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted.

You may also need to answer questions about your passport, driving licence or information held on your credit file.

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Enhanced Time to pay for Self-Assessment taxpayers

The government will give the self-employed and other taxpayers more time to pay taxes due in January 2021, building on the Self-Assessment deferral provided in July 2020. Taxpayers with up to £30,000 of Self-Assessment liabilities due will be able to use HMRC’s self-service Time to Pay facility to secure a plan to pay over an additional 12 months. This means that Self-Assessment liabilities due in July 2020 will not need to be paid in full until January 2022. Any Self-Assessment taxpayer not able to pay their tax bill on time, including those who cannot use the online service, can continue to use HMRC’s Time to Pay Self-Assessment helpline to agree a payment plan.

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For other forms of support, please check the following sections:

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If you’re feeling unsure or confused, we can guide you through the very latest COVID-19 financial support measures relevant to your circumstances.

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Coronavirus advice

To help you keep your business operating, we’ve made it easy to access the correct and most up-to-date information. Below, you’ll find information on government support for businesses and individuals and practical advice to help you to manage your business through this unusual period.