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Tax and self-employment income support payments

Further grants . Before Budget 2021 the Chancellor had already announced third and fourth instalments of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payments for sole traders, and members of partnerships, whose income had been hit by the pandemic. The Budget brought the welcome news that there will be a fifth payment.

Wider application. While the same general conditions which apply to the first three payments also apply to the fourth and fifth grants, you can only claim the latter two if you submitted your 2019/20 self-assessment return by midnight on 2 March 2021. The good news is that you can claim the new SEISS payments if you started self-employment or became a business partner between 6 April 2019 and 5 April 2020.

Taxing SEISS. Existing legislation says that regardless of which accounting period you include your SEISS payments, they are taxable for 2020/21. This legislation is being amended because of the timing of the fourth and fifth grants, so that apart from payments received after a business has ceased, all SEISS payments are taxable for the year of receipt.