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Applications for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Have Opened

Members who have entered their details into HMRC’s online checker will have been given a date between 13-18 May on which they can apply for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Published: 13 May 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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If you have submitted your details to HMRC's online checker, you will have received a date to submit your application.

To receive your application date, you will need to add your details to HMRC’s online checker. The checker will let you know if you are eligible for the scheme, and what date you can apply. Read our advice using the checker and preparing to make your claim.

We’ve heard from some members that the checker is initially showing them as ‘not eligible’, even though they know that they fit the criteria for the grant. If this happens to you – it is worth trying the checker again later or the next day.

If you continue having issues – the charity TaxAid have a dedicated helpline for HMRC issues. You can call them on 0345 120 3779, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Take action now

Although SEISS is good news for many, more than a third of musicians are likely to miss out on Government support, according to new research by the MU.

Ask the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect all self-employed workers, and ensure no musician is left behind.

You can use our template letter if you're not sure what to say. Remember to include how you are affected too. Personal stories make all the difference.

Write to Rishi now, see our advice on how.

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