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COVID-19: As a firm, we are heeding the Government’s advice, and the majority of our staff are now working from home.

Our offices are open to clients and visitors if you need to drop off or pick up records. Please telephone ahead to arrange a date and time so we can let our receptionists know.

It is business as usual at Lang Bennetts, so please let us know if you require our assistance. We are picking up e-mails and all our staff can be contacted via the usual office numbers.

Second round of grants for the self-employed opens

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has opened for applications for the second and final grant.

Under the scheme, the government pays self-employed individuals a taxable grant based on an average of their earnings over the past three years.

The grant covers up to 70% of earnings, up to a limit of £2,190 a month.

The eligibility criteria for the second grant are the same as for the first one. To be eligible, self-employed workers must have filed a tax return for the 2018/19 tax year and have average trading profits under £50,000 for the past three years.

The claimant's business must have been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at any time since 14 July. Both those who claimed the first grant and those who did not are eligible for the second grant. Claims must be made by 19 October.

Detailed guidance about the grants can be found here.

As your accountants, we can guide you through the SEISS eligibility criteria and the process for checking and claiming. Please contact us for more information.