When can I claim SEISS grant 5? HMRC issues important update

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SEISS was confirmed to continue earlier this year after being initially introduced for a short period of time in March 2020 in the early stages of the pandemic. Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed additional support in his March 9 Spring Budget, with support being weaned off as the economy reopens throughout the next few months. The next SEISS grant will be the final one and cover the period July to September.

When can I claim SEISS grant five?

HMRC has updated its guidance for when claimants can expect to get their payment for the final instalment of the scheme.

In a statement on Gov’s website, HMRC write: “If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you from mid-July to give you a date that the claims service will be available to you from.

“It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service.”

The guidance adds that the online service to claim the fifth grant will be available from late July, with claims having to be made before September 30, 2021.

After you’ve been given your claim date and applied, HMRC will pay the money into your bank account within six working days and send you an email informing you the payment’s on its way.

HMRC is advising anyone claiming SEISS not to contact them unless it’s been more than 10 working days since you made your claim and haven’t had your payment.

The grant is subject to income tax and self-employed National Insurance Contribution rates.

The payment must also be reported on your 2021/2022 Self Assessment Tax Return.

How do I make a claim for SEISS five?

The online service to claim will be available from the end of this month.

HMRC guidance states that you must claim for yourself, rather than doing it on behalf of someone else.

The Revenue and Customs agency writes: “Do not ask a tax agent or advisor to claim on your behalf as this will trigger a fraud alert, which will delay your payment.”

HMRC will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments.

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How much will I get?

The fifth and final grant will be different to the ones you’ve previously claimed.

In most cases, you will need to provide two figures proving turnover when you make your claim.

HMRC will then use these to calculate what you’re owed and how much you can claim.

You don’t need your turnover figures if you started trading in 2019/2020 and didn’t trade in these tax years:


You can work out your turnover here. Work out your turnover so you can claim the fifth SEISS grant

HMRC will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments for claims found to be inaccurate or dishonest.

They said: “If you know you’re not eligible for the grant and do not tell us, you may also have to pay a penalty.”

If an amendment to your tax return on or after March 3, 2021, lowers the amount of grant you’re eligible for, you need to tell HMRC within 90 days – and you may need to pay back some or all of the grant.

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