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Jay Jones is one of 1.6million self-employed Brits who cannot claim under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – after making a single mistake on his return.
He has been denied thousands of pounds in Covid bailout cash after making one mistake on his tax return a year ago.
He is 22 years old.
Jay Jones Left Out of Covid Support Schemes
The Chancellor’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will pay up to £21,570 in three grants to January 2021 to help sole traders through the crisis. A fourth grant is due in spring.
But there is a long list of conditions – including that self-employment must be at least half of someone’s historic income.
Mr Jones accidentally put down his profits as employment income in his 2018/19 tax return.
That meant HM Revenue and Customs blocked him from getting even a penny under the SEISS.
Despite the independent Adjudicator’s Office ruling it was a “genuine mistake” and there is “clear evidence” he was self-employed, the government has not budged.
That is because the law says people cannot claim using a tax return that amended after March 26.
Instead, Mr Jones, who worked for a sports modelling agency as an admin assistant but was let go in the first week of March, will be paid just £100 as compensation for poor customer service.
“It’s triggered worries and stresses as the months have gone on,” said Mr Jones, from Wandsworth in south London.
He has relied on money sent by aunts and uncles who “feel sorry for me” and is draining his savings to get by.
He added: “You expect better from these people. You just come to understand these people actually couldn’t care less.
“You’re just one person in their armour and they don’t care.”
Excluded UK estimates 3million people, including 1.6million self-employed, have been left out of Covid support schemes.
Mr Jones began filing tax returns as a teenager and declared a trading profit of £11,625 in 2017/18 and £13,093 in 2019/20.