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 online service to claim the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021.
You must make your claim on or before 30 September 2021.
Before you claim, you must make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria.
The fifth grant is different. In most cases, you’ll need to provide 2 turnover figures when you make your claim. We’ll use these to work out how much you’ll get.
You do not need turnover figures if you started trading in 2019 to 2020 and did not trade in the following tax years:
When you claim you’ll also need your:
Only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted. You may also need to answer questions about your passport, driving licence or information held on your credit file.
If you cannot remember your Government Gateway ID or password, you can attempt to recover them You can do this when making your claim. You may need to answer questions about your passport, driving licence or information held on your credit file.
If you do not have a Government Gateway ID or password, you can create one when making your claim.
The online service for the fifth grant will be available from late July 2021.
You must make the claim yourself. Do not ask a tax agent or adviser to claim on your behalf as this will trigger a fraud alert, which will delay your payment.
HMRC will check claims. We’ll take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments for claims found to be dishonest or inaccurate. 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 the 3 March 2021 lowers the grant amount you’re eligible for, you’ll need to tell us within 90 days. You may need to pay back some or all of the grant.
If you need to return to your claim, you can:
We’ll check your claim and pay your grant into your bank account within 6 working days. We’ll send an email when your payment is on its way.
Do not contact us unless it has been more than 10 working days since you made your claim and you have not received your payment in that time.
If your business recovers after you’ve claimed, your eligibility will not be affected as this is based on your reasonable belief that your trading profits would have been significantly reduced at the time you made your claim. You must keep evidence to support this.
If you made a claim in error as you were not eligible for a grant or would like to make a voluntary repayment, tell HMRC and pay some or all of the grant back.
If you realise that you have made a mistake in working out your April 2020 to April 2021 turnover, you’ll need to contact HMRC. We’ll tell you how to do this by the end of July 2021.
You must keep a copy of all records in line with normal self-employment record keeping requirements, including the:
You must keep any evidence that your business has had reduced activity, capacity or demand due to COVID-19 at the time you made your claim, such as:
You must keep evidence if your business has been unable to trade due to COVID-19, such as:
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