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Support for the Self-Employed


I am self-employed and my business has been impacted by COVID-19 – what help is available?

Applications for the second self-employed income support grant are open.  Those who are eligible and been adversely affected on, or after 14 July 2020, can make a claim on or before 19 October 2020.
For more information, see:

  • Find Business Support, Scottish Government, here
  • Check the current guidance from HMRC about eligibility for the grant here
  • HMRC’s frequently asked questions for self-employed people and businesses, here

I have received an email from HMRC, is it a scam?

HMRC are aware that there has been a significant increase in scams, emails and texts from scammers claiming to be HMRC.

If someone gets in touch with you, claiming to be from HMRC, stating financial help can be claimed or tax refund is owed and asking you to click on a link of give information (e.g. name, bank details, or credit card details) it is a scam. Do not respond.

HMRC are asking that suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC should reported by sending them to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk. Texts should be sent to 60599.


What other support may I be eligible for?

You can make a claim for Universal Credit while you wait for the self-employed income support grant. You will need to record the grant as part of your self-employed income, which may influence the amount of Universal Credit you can receive.  Guidance from the Department for Work & Pensions about employment and benefits support is available here

If you are employed as a director or employee paid through PAYE, you may be eligible for support via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

What other kind of help can I get?

The following help for the self-employed is also available:

    •    Deferral of Self-Assessment Income Tax and VAT payments here
    •    Grants for businesses that pay little or no business rates, information available here, or the
    •    Business Interruption Loan Scheme, information available here.


    More information

    • Guidance from the UK Government about financial support available to businesses is available here
    • The UK Government business support finder is available here
    • Guidance from the Scottish Government about funding support is available here
    • Please also check the information available within the financial support for businesses section of the FAQ here



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