Government Support for the Self-Employed

This page provides advice and information about Government support for the self-employed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Claims for the SEISS grant closed on 30 September 2021.

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) provided financial assistance to self-employed people who have lost income due to coronavirus.

On 24 September, the Government announced that self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from a separate additional 12-month extension from HMRC on the “Time to Pay” self-service facility, meaning payments deferred from July 2020, and those due in January 2021, will now not need to be paid until January 2022.

The Government’s online tool helps the self-employed find coronavirus financial support. After answering a series of questions, self-employed people are signposted to a list of support they may be entitled to.

HMRC has introduced a dedicated COVID-19 helpline to support self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities to receive help with their tax affairs. Contact the helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service. These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Call the HMRC COVID-19 helpline on 0800 0159 559 for more information.

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