Reminder of the changes to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme eligibility criteria for new parents

01 October 2020

The Government recently announced an extension to the SEISS grant scheme and further details will be provided in due course, however, the second SEISS grant is still available for those who are eligible and if they wish to claim they must do so by 19 October 2020. Information about making a claim for the second SEISS grant can be found here.

In the summer of 2020, amendments were made to the SEISS eligibility criteria which meant that self-employed individuals who are parents and took time out of their trade to care for a new child may now be eligible to claim SEISS.

Parents who believe they may now be entitled to claim for SEISS grants are reminded that they have until 5 October to ask HMRC to verify their information and confirm whether they are eligible to claim. Parents can find out more about the eligibility criteria for making a SEISS claim here and there is also an online form they can use to ask HMRC to verify their entitlement to the grant.  

The online form for parents will only be available until 5 October 2020 and it cannot be used after that date. Please be aware that HMRC must complete verification checks for new parents before they can make a claim, and if they miss the 5 October deadline there is a risk that HMRC may not be able to complete in time for an application to be made before 19 October.

If a new parent thinks they may be eligible to claim a grant, but they miss the 5 October deadline they should contact HMRC to discuss what they need to do next. Applications for the second SEISS grant must be made by 19 October.

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