Covid-19 - Change of conditions applying to latest SEISS Payment
The SEISS claims portal reopens on Monday 30 November, but taxpayers must declare their trade has been impacted by reduced demand before they claim the third grant. This is a change from previous payments when taxpayers simply had to claim their business had been adversely affected.
When claiming the first two self-employed income support (SEISS) grants taxpayers had to confirm that their trade had been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which was a difficult concept to pin down. For the SEISS.3 this condition has been replaced with a more precise “impact on demand” test.
Where they qualify for the SEISS.3 grant, taxpayers will receive one lump sum payment to cover the three-month period: 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. It will be paid at 80% of the taxpayer’s average trading profits for 2016/17 to 2018/19, as calculated for the SEISS.1 grant.
The maximum SEISS.3 grant payable is £7,500, or £2,500 per month, which is also the same cap as applied for the SEISS.1 grant.
To qualify for SEISS 3, an individual must be:
The trader must also confirm they are:
The previous “adversely affected” test was met if the business turnover had decreased, or alternatively if business costs had increased, due to the pandemic. There was no minimum threshold for the adverse effect, so even a small increase in costs or drop in sales meant the business would qualify.
The new reduced demand test requires the trader to suffer a significant reduction in trading profits for the relevant accounting period. Unhelpfully, “significant” is not defined, so it must take its normal English definition as having a great effect, or something that affected a situation to a noticeable degree.
The HMRC examples make it clear that an increase in costs alone, resulting in a drop in profits, will not allow the trader to qualify for the grant.
The reduction in sales can be due to a number of factors, but it must also lead to a reduction in profits. If the volume of sales has decreased but the value of each sale has increased so profits are constant, the business does not qualify.
Please note that if the reduced sales activity is solely due to the business owner having to self-isolate because they, or someone they care for, has travelled into the UK, that business doesn’t qualify for the SEISS.3 grant. Self-isolation due to Covid-19 symptoms, testing or on instruction due to medical vulnerability is accepted as a cause of reduced sales.
The remaining conditions as applied for the first two SEISS grants still apply to SEISS 3, which unfortunately means taxpayers who were excluded from those grants are still excluded from the SEISS.3. This includes those who:
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