Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is made up of four taxable government grants for self-employed individuals. The first three grants have all now closed. These grants are lump sums rather than paid as a monthly salary. For those that qualify, the grants are based on average profits from the past three tax years.

This is different to furlough and should be referred to as “support for the self-employed”, “self-employed support” or “self-employed support grants”.

The term furlough should only be used to refer to those who are employed by an employer and meet various qualifying dates and criteria, for example, on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) roll by 30 October 2020.