Support for the Self Employed

Support for the Self Employed

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme 

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

Claim the fifth grant if you think that your business profit will be impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 May 2021 and 30 September 2021. 

Who can claim

Find out if you’re able to claim for a SEISS grant by checking that you meet all criteria in stages 1, 2 and 3:

  • Stage 1: Your trading status and when you must have traded
  • Stage 2: Tax returns and trading profits
  • Stage 3: Deciding if you can claim

If you think your business has been impacted by COVID-19, find out how to decide if you can make a claim.

How different circumstances affect the scheme

There are some circumstances that you should take into account, such as:

  • your return is late, amended or under enquiry
  • you’re a member of a partnership
  • you had a new child
  • you have loans covered by the loan charge provisions
  • you claim averaging relief
  • you’re a military reservist
  • you’re non-resident or chose the remittance basis

If you claim Maternity Allowance this will not affect your eligibility for the grant. Find out more information on how your circumstances affect your eligibility.

Get ready to claim

Find out how to work out your turnover so you can claim the grant.

How much you’ll get

There are 2 levels of grant. 

If your turnover is down by

You’ll get

Maximum grant amount

30% or more

80% of 3 months’ average trading profits


less than 30%

30% of 3 months’ average trading profits


How to make a claim

The online service for the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021. HMRC will contact you in mid-July to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, text message, letter or within the online service.

You can check a list of genuine HMRC contacts if you receive any suspicious texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC as this may be a scam.

For further information visit GOV.UK.

Guidance for previous grants

You can read guidance for previous SEISS grants on The National Archives.