|HMRC are working night and day to get the SEISS system up and running, but as I hope you understand, creating a new system on such a vast scale alongside other key schemes (e.g. the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay rebate for employers) is extremely operationally challenging, so thank you for your patience.
I welcome that the Government and HMRC are making this scheme as easy as possible for self-employed people to claim from. Eligible individuals will be contacted directly by HMRC by mid-May and asked to fill out a simple online form.
Once HMRC has received your claim and your grant is approved, they will contact you to tell you how much you will get and payment details.
If you are unable to claim online, I have been assured by Ministers that an alternative claiming mechanism will be made available. I will provide an update as soon as I have one, but am reassured by Minister’s commitment to investigate any possible solution.
HMRC will make payments by early June 2020, and each eligible individual will get grants paid directly into their account in one instalment.
** BE VIGILANT OF SCAMMERS**
Eligible individuals will only be able to claim using the GOV.UK online service. So, if you get a call, text or email claiming to be from HMRC offering financial help or a tax refund and asking you too click on a link or give personal information, it is a scam.