Grant 5 of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open for applications from late July. The latest grant in the scheme will cover the period between May and September 2021.

As with the previous grants in this scheme, claims will only be available to self-employed people or members of a partnership. You must also have traded between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 with completed tax returns on or before 2 March 2021.

What is changing for SEISS grant 5?

The value of the grant each person will receive will now be dependant on a new ‘turnover test’. HMRC’s new test looks at the reduction in total sales between April 2020 and April 2021.

By taking the turnover test, the applicant can calculate how much their business has been impacted by the pandemic. Trading profits cannot be higher than £50,000 and must be at least equal to non-trading income for people to apply.

For information on the previous grant and other business support, read our recent post detailing some of the key announcements from the 2021 Budget.

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How much money can I get from SEISS grant 5?

Applicants will be asked to provide documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates the financial impact the pandemic has had on their business. If they can prove they have been impacted, they may be eligible for one of the following grants:

  • Applicants who have a reduced turnover of 30% or more will be entitled to 80% of three months average trading profits. Their maximum grant allowance will be £7,500
  • Any applicants who have seen a reduced turnover of less than 30% are entitled to 30% of three months of their average trading profits. Their maximum grant allowance will be £2,850.

How do I apply for SEISS 5 grant 5?

As with the previous grants in this scheme, you will be able to apply for the fifth grant on the Government website. The application portal opens at the end of July.

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