SEISS: How to check your Self Assessment tax returns for payments – what to look out for

Martin Lewis outlines details on the fifth SEISS grant

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SEISS helps those who are self-employed recover lost income if their business has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently, the Government opened the online portal for the grant’s fifth installment for claimants.

Any applicants must make their claim between July 28, 2021 and September 30, 2021 in order to receive payments.

Successful claimants will be eligible for a grant which covers 80 percent of their trading profits between May and September, if their turnover was down 30 percent or for 30 percent of profits if turnover was down the same amount.

Taxpayers are legally required to check their Self Assessment return if they have claimed a SEISS grant before April 6.

Changes may be made to someone’s returns by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if the amount of SEISS payments put into the SEISS box do match its records or if there was no SEISS amount entered into the box at all.

Furthemore, HMRC may adjust a claimant’s return if they have not submitted a Self Employment or partnership page and receive any payment.

It is important claimants check this return in order to make sure any adjustment to the grant is accurate.

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SEISS: Tax form

SEISS: The grant helps the self-employed regain lost income during the pandemic (Image: GETTY)

Any adjustment depends on an individual’s circumstances and how they initially submitted a return.

SEISS grants from the first, second and third payments should be included on a claimant’s 2020 or 2021 return in the box for grants.

This particular box can be found on box 70.1, page 70 of the ‘other tax adjustments’ section, within the Self Employment page.

It is also included in the ‘other tax adjustments’ section of the Self Employment (short) page, under box 27.1  of the return.


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If there is any discrepancy between a return and official records, HMRC is responsible for correcting returns if reported incorrectly.

Once HMRC has corrected a claimant’s return, it is their duty to check whether they used the correct boxes or not.

In the situation where records show that someone received SEISS payments, but did not report them in a return, HMRC will send over a revised tax calculation.

This adjustment may result in any expected repayments being reduced, tax bills being increased and unexpected bills.

This updated calculation is evidence that any changes can affect payments made on a claimants account.

SEISS: Man working at home

SEISS: Applicants must make their claim between July 28 and September 30 (Image: GETTY)

Any taxes a person owes are required to be paid by January 31, 2022.

Those who need to pay a revised bill can do so online or through a tax adviser, if they still do not understand how their payments have been affected.

If a claimant decides or forgets to submit a self-employment or partnership page with their 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return, they will not be eligible for further SEISS payments.

Any disagreements with changes made to tax returns must be dealt with through HMRC within 30 days of the initial letter advising on the correction.

It is vital claimants correctly add their SEISS grants, in order to avoid further action or intervention from HMRC.

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