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Surviving the pandemic

15 December 2020 / Stephen Banyard
Issue: 4773 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
Surviving the pandemic

Key points

  • Not all self-employed knew they could claim self-employed income support scheme payments.
  • The tax charities set up a coronavirus service to assist people on low incomes.
  • The service also helped people claim under the coronavirus job retention scheme.
  • A tax return service assisted potential SEISS claimants complete their 2018-19 tax returns.
  • Please support the tax charities.

Few of us have been untouched by Covid-19. As well as the impact on health and social wellbeing a particular effect is the devastation of many people’s livelihoods – and those suffering most include those on very low incomes especially self-employed people and many in the gig economy.

Government support was available from early on in the first lockdown through the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS). But some people did...

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