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Coronavirus: Second SEISS grant and new deadline

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Taxpayers will need to apply for a further three months of SEISS grant, to be paid at a reduced level. Applications for the first SEISS grant will also close on 13 July 2020.

5th Jun 2020
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The Chancellor has announced that HMRC will extend the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) for a further three months, but warned that this will be the final tranche of SEISS grants to be made available.

SEISS 2.0

Applications for the second SEISS grant will open in August, and further details of the exact timing will be released on 12 June. This announcement is expected to be followed by a more detailed plan to simulate the economy to be set out in a mini-Budget in early July.     

This second grant will be payable at a level equivalent to 70% of the taxpayer’s annual average profits, capped at £2,190 per month, so the maximum amount payable will be £6,570 to cover three months.

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By C J EYRE
08th Jun 2020 11:10

Why have over 2 million self-employed not claimed SEISS.

Well, I have several self-employed clients who have been unable to claim SEISS because they have been prudent and not spent their money on expensive holidays etc. and instead invested in private pension schemes. Because their pension income, including state pension, now accounts for over 50% of their income, then they can not claim SEISS.

Those that have spent all their money are now getting SEISS and other benefits.

For a government that wants people to invest for their old age, then being penalised by not being able to claim SEISS is certainly no encouragement.

The advise seems to be the same as a lady many years ago said when she won on the pools, Spend, Spend, Spend, then the state can look after you afterwards.

I can see no reason to advise my clients to invest in pensions anymore.

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By rockallj
08th Jun 2020 11:58

C J EYRE wrote:

Why have over 2 million self-employed not claimed SEISS.

Well, I have several self-employed clients who have been unable to claim SEISS because they have been prudent and not spent their money on expensive holidays etc. and instead invested in private pension schemes. Because their pension income, including state pension, now accounts for over 50% of their income, then they can not claim SEISS.

Those that have spent all their money are now getting SEISS and other benefits.

For a government that wants people to invest for their old age, then being penalised by not being able to claim SEISS is certainly no encouragement.

The advise seems to be the same as a lady many years ago said when she won on the pools, Spend, Spend, Spend, then the state can look after you afterwards.

I can see no reason to advise my clients to invest in pensions anymore.

Hmm and give up the tax planning benefits of such for the sake of £7,500 and a bit less in SEISS v2?

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By Rammstein1
08th Jun 2020 16:21

I have seen hardly any of these and I have seen lots of claims. There will always be the odd person to miss out but to say you won't advise clients to invest in pensions anymore is way OTT.

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By brian-scholar
08th Jun 2020 18:14

Which is exactly why I can't claim, grrr.

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