Information update – New Government income support scheme for self-employed workers

Information update – New Government income support scheme for self-employed workers

If you are self-employed, you may benefit from the announcement on 26 March 2020, where the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, launched the latest relief measures regarding the coronavirus outbreak in respect of those who are self-employed, or who earn the majority of their income through self-employment.

Support for self-employed professionals during the Covid-19 outbreak

The newly introduced self-employed income support scheme consists of the following measures:

  • The Government will pay self-employed people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus with a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2500 per month (the same amount of income for self-employed people as there is for furloughed employees who also receive a grant of 80%)
  • In the Q&A, the Chancellor advised that for those with less than three years of accounts, the government will base the payment on the accounts that have been filed
  • The new self-employment scheme will apply to those who are already in self-employment and have a tax return for 2019
  • The scheme is open to anyone with trading profits of up to £50,000 per annum
  • Self-employed people who are eligible can apply directly to HMRC for the grant, using a simple online form; HMRC will then pay the grant (one lump sum) straight into their bank account
  • The scheme will be open for at least three months and can be extended if necessary
  • It is available to those who make the majority of their income through self-employment
  • HMRC are working on this urgently and access to the scheme will be no later than beginning of June. If someone is eligible, HMRC will contact them directly, all they have to do is fill out a simple online form then HMRC will pay the grant straight into their bank account
  • HMRC will allow anyone who missed the filing deadline for their tax returns in January, an extended deadline to submit their tax return four weeks from 26 March 2020

When will help be available?

The Government has made sure support is available now, so that self-employed people can access business interruption loans, in addition to self-assessment income tax payments, which are currently due in July, to be deferred for payment, if required, until the end of Jan 2021. They’ve also changed the welfare system so self-employed can access universal credit system in full, and those who are self-employed with a non-working partner, and two children, living in the social rented sector, can receive welfare support of up to £1800 per month.

The chancellor has also stated that 95% of those who are self-employed will benefit from this scheme, making sure self-employed people “have not been forgotten”.

Help with your business insurance needs during the coronavirus outbreak

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