Although it is slightly outside our normal brief, it’s important for us to mention that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, recently announced a package of measures aimed at helping the self-employed during the current pandemic. In terms similar to those proposed for employees and workers, Mr Sunak has announced the following measures:
· A scheme is to be put in place whereby the self-employed can claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly income (up to a maximum of £2,500 per.month);
· Unlike the government’s Job Retention Scheme, the self-employed will still be able to do business whilst also making a claim for the relevant grant;
· Only those with trading profits no greater than £50,000 will be able to make a claim. Whilst the scheme should cover 95% of self-employed people, the cliff-edge is proving unpopular with those who fall just outside its ambit;
· The scheme only applies where self-employment provides the majority of a person’s income;
· Those who submitted a tax return for 2019 and are eligible to participate in the scheme will be contacted by HMRC directly, inviting them to complete the necessary online application form;
· The scheme will apply for an initial period of 3 months, although it is likely to be some time before any payments are actually made; some are bound to suffer considerable cash-flow problems in the meantime.
If you need further advice on this issue, contact a member of our team or speak with your accountants.