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SEISS 4 - New claimant

Commenced in 2019/20

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Self employed client commenced trading in 2019/20.  Profits £8000.  No other income.  19/20 return submitted July 2020.  She seems to tick all the boxes to be eligible for SEISS 4.  However, she has not heard anything from HMRC so she has not received a personal claim date (which I understood were to be issued in mid-April).  There used to be an eligibility checker which agents could use but it seems to have been withdrawn.

Her turnover is significantly down and she wants to claim.  Should I advise her to try and claim now or is there still time to hear from HMRC with a claim date?  More particularly are there any instances of eligible traders slipping through the HMRC net?

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By Kes
29th Apr 2021 23:37

Hi John
If she logs into her Government Gateway and she is eligible to claim then she will be able to submit a claim through there, we have clients that have not received notification of claim dates but when they have logged in it has been available for them to submit.

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By jonharris999
30th Apr 2021 09:23

I have so far only had one in this position who was eligible but who did not receive an invitation to claim. More common are those who are not in fact eligible, unlucky though that may be - most commonly because even though they qualify on 19/20, when the putative claim is calculated by averaging back over all 4 years the average is negative, perhaps because of earlier losses?

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By John Stone
30th Apr 2021 11:10

Thanks but that does not apply to my client who only commenced in 2019/20 and, as I said, seems to tick all the boxes for SEISS 4.

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By Truthsayer
30th Apr 2021 09:57

It is quite common for a taxpayer to not receive an SEISS invitation letter even though they qualify. I myself have never received one, even though when I applied I was correctly given all four tranches. Tell her to make the claim now.

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