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Self Employment Scheme

The Self Employment Income Support Scheme is a Government initiative that has been put in place to support the self employed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the scheme, businesses who have been negatively impacted as a result of the pandemic can claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average trading profits up to £2,500 per month, for 3 months. The payment will be made in a single instalment. 

Eligibility Checker active

5th May 2020

Applications open

13th May 2020

Grants paid to businesses

6 working days after application

Applications for the self employment scheme are now open.

Check your eligibility

Businesses wishing to apply for the scheme will first need to check their eligibility using the government eligibility checker, if you have not been contacted directly by HMRC already.



If you are eligible for the scheme, you will be provided a date between 13th and 18th May for when you can apply. Applications cannot be made before your given date, but can be made after it if you do not complete the application on your designated day. The eligibility checker went live on the 5th May with the scheme opening for businesses to apply from Wednesday 13th May 2020. 

When completing your application you must do this yourself – accountants or agents cannot process the application on your behalf. If your accountant or agent has already completed your application on your behalf this could lead to delay in the grant being issued. For more information contact HMRC.  


Claim processing timeline

Claims submitted will then take up to 6 working days to be processed from the date of your application and paid directly into your account. 

Government guidance and tools

To check your eligibility, apply for the Scheme and find out everything you need about the Self Employment Scheme. Simply select one of the options to be taken through to the Government sites for detailed guides and information.


Find out directly from all about the Self Employment Scheme.

Eligibility Checker

Find out if your business is eligible for the scheme here.


A short video guiding you through the application process for the Self Employment Scheme.

How Sage can help

At Sage we have a range of support tools available to you and your business during this time. For the Self Employment Scheme you can read our guide and FAQ documents to give you all of the information you will need to get your business ready to apply.  For more information on the financial support available to your business and the tools Sage have to help you during this time select one of the options below.   

Self Employment Scheme Ask Sage article

Self Employment Scheme FAQ

Sage Advice blog

Free solutions and training

Financial support: UK Government funding support tool

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