Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed the news today that self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/19 because they took time out to have children will be able to claim for a payment under the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS).
The scheme, which is one of the most generous in the world, requires claimants to have traded in 2018/19 with their profits making up at least half of their total income. They must also have submitted a self-assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for the 2018/19 tax year.
Commenting, Steve said:
“The Government continues to adapt its unprecedented response to the COVID-19 pandemic to best support those who need it.”
“I am pleased to see this announcement from the Treasury, which will allow parents who took a break to have children in 2018/19 to use earlier tax returns to increase the amount they will receive under the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.”
“I will continue to do all I can to feedback concerns to they Government to ensure the support announced is right for Cornwall.”
Today’s announcement means that mothers, fathers and those who have adopted, who took time out of trading to care for their children within the first 12 months of birth of the child or within 12 months of an adoption placement, will now be able to use either their 2017-18 or both their 2016-17 and 2017-18 self-assessment returns as the basis for their eligibility for the SEISS.
They will also need to meet the other standard eligibility criteria for support under the SEISS. Further details of the change for self-employed parents will be set out by the start of July in published guidance.
The SEISS, which has so far had 2.6m claims, was extended last month, with those eligible able to claim a second, final grant in August, as well as being able to receive the first.