Martin Lewis issues date warning to self-employed Brits applying for grant

Martin Lewis issues date warning to self-employed Brits applying for grant

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Martin Lewis has issued a warning to self-employed Brits who are trying to apply for the fourth round of coronavirus grants.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) was brought in last year to help those struggling during the pandemic.

But those who are trying to check the date for the latest grant will not be able to until the website fully updates next week.

The Money Saving Expert suggests taking it with "a pinch of salt" until all the dates are loaded into the online system on April 19.

Sharing the news on Twitter to his 1.1million followers, he said: "Many are logging in to find [they] are getting their SEISS 4 grant date.

"However a note, officially HMRC that link isn't live for SEISS 4 until next Monday as it doesn't have full data in.

"So I'd treat with a tiny pinch of salt."

It is believed the days for when people can claim the fourth self-employed grant will be different for everyone on HMRC.

But Martin claims some people have already been contacted with their date by text, email or post.

If you have been messaged by HMRC with a date, this will be the official time for when you can apply for the grant.

And the guru's warning is only for those who are trying to find their date online before being contacted by the government website.

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A spokesperson said: "HMRC is in the process of contacting customers who are potentially eligible for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant.

"HMRC will send an email, letter or SMS, depending on the information held, and customers should keep an eye out for contact.

"Customer claim dates may not yet be visible via the Government Gateway and we thank customers for their patience."

According to Martin's website, application dates are likely to open for some from April 22.

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If you are eligible for the scheme, HMRC will contact you through text, email or post from now until April 20.

The fourth grant will be based on your tax returns from four tax years.

Meanwhile, a fifth and final employment grant will be available from late July.

Unlike previous grants, the fourth instalment has been expanded so it includes 2019/20 tax returns.

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