The Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme was announced this week and is now open for applications. It is designed to provide support to newly self-employed individuals (sole traders and those in partnerships) who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.
This scheme will offer an initial one-off taxable grant of £3,500 to newly self-employed individuals who meet the criteria detailed below.
Who is eligible?
You must be able to demonstrate that you (as the individual) meet the following criteria:
- You have commenced trading as self-employed between 6 April 2019 and 5 April 2020.
- You have been trading at 1 March 2020 (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- You have either been temporarily unable to trade or are currently trading but impacted by reduced demand, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 50% of your income in 2019/20 was from self-employment.
- Your 2019/20 trading profits were less than £50,000. In the case of a partnership business, this refers to your share of the trading profits as outlined on your individual tax return.
- You have experienced at least a 40% decline in trading profits between 1 March and 30 November 2020, i.e. your trading profits over this period are at least 40% lower than they would have been in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- You are able to provide the following:
- 10-digit HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) linked to Schedule D earnings from any trade or profession.
- HMRC VAT Registration Number, if you are VAT registered.
- You intend to continue to trade as a sole trader or individual member of the partnership.
Who cannot apply?
A sole trader or individual member of a partnership business is not eligible for NSESS if:
- You commenced trading outside the timeframe of 6 April 2019 and 5 April 2020.
- You submitted a tax return which included income from self-employment for 2018/19.
- You have received support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
- Your business has failed to comply with a COVID-19 prohibition notice, served by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), under regulation 7 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020(b).
- The grant to be paid to the business will mean it will exceed the maximum level of State Aid permitted under the EC’s de Minimis Regulation (PDF, 835K). The State Aid de minimis ceiling is €200,000 over the three previous consecutive fiscal years.
This scheme will close to applications at 6pm on Thursday 7 January 2021.
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