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Respond to SEISS trading cessation emails by 20 November

17 November 2020: SEISS claimants who have received an email from HMRC querying whether they have continued to trade need to respond by 20 November or they will not be eligible for a further claim.

In October 2020, HMRC emailed approximately 24,000 Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claimants where it held information suggesting that the taxpayer had ceased trading.

Recipients of this email need to respond by Friday 20 November, using the dedicated HMRC form, and if they do not do so they will not be able to make a further claim under the scheme.

The Tax Faculty confirms that it is important to respond even if the trading has continued and the grant was correctly claimed. As the emails were sent directly to claimants agents are urged to check with their clients to make sure they have responded.