I have two clients who have recently applied for the 5th SEISS grant, and been rejected because their 2019-20 tax return was submitted after 2nd March 2021. Their returns were in fact completed in January, but due to some sort of glitch in my tax return software they were not submitted successfully. (They were part of a batch of 5 clients returns which suffered this fate, but the other 3 do not qualify for SEISS anyway - rental income only) We did not become aware of the non-submission until we received the late filing penalties in mid-March, whereupon the returns were immediately submitted and I paid the late filing penalties on behalf of the clients.
It seems totally inequitable that clients should suffer through a computer error which was nothing to do with them.
Anybody else come up against this (I don't recall any similar filing deadline in the previous SEISS applications)
Any suggestions much appreciated