The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has warned self-employed individuals that the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is taxable.
The group is concerned that many may wrongly assume that the SEISS funds are exempt from tax, particularly as they are termed ‘grants’ by the government. It is warning that many people may have to pay a third of the grant back in tax and Class 4 national insurance contributions (NICs).
The LITRG said that grants made to the self-employed via the SEISS are likely to be included in claimants’ 2020/21 self-assessment tax returns.
Commenting on the issue, Victoria Todd, Head of the LITRG, said: ‘Many claimants of the SEISS grants might, understandably, use the money as soon as they get it, for example to catch up on liabilities or to meet essential living costs – but they need to think now about budgeting for income tax and national insurance on it.’
More information on the SEISS can be found here.