Eat Out to Help Out the 86 guide

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme was unveiled earlier in July as a way to kickstart customers returning to bars and restaurants.

We’ve gone through the Government’s guidance notes and here’s the lowdown as we see it……

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

  • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
  • to claim 50% discount back from the government

Can I register?

You can register if your venue:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July

You cannot register:

  • an establishment that only offers takeaway food or drink
  • catering services for private functions
  • a hotel that provides room service only
  • dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
  • mobile food vans or trailers

How do I register?

To register, you must have:

  • the Government Gateway ID and password for your business (if you do not have one, you can create one when you register)
  • the name and address of each establishment to be registered, unless you are registering more than 25
  • the UK bank account number and sort code for the business (only provide bank account details where a BACS payment can be accepted)
  • the address on your bank account for the business (this is the address on your bank statements)
  • the date your business started trading

You may also need your:

  • VAT registration number
  • employer PAYE scheme reference number
  • Corporation Tax, Self Assessment or Partnership Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference

If you are registering 25 establishments or less, you must provide the details of each.

You can register here

If you’re registering more than 25 establishments

If you’re registering more than 25 establishments that are part of the same business, you do not have to provide details for each one.

You should provide a link to a website which contains details of each establishment participating in the scheme including the trading name and address.

How can i make a calim?

You cannot claim yet. The service you’ll use to claim reimbursements will be available on 7 August 2020.

The service will close on 30 September.

You must wait 7 days from registration to make your first claim. HMRC will pay eligible claims within 5 working days.

You will be able to submit claims on a weekly basis.

You’ll still need to pay VAT based on the full amount of your customers’ bills.

Any money you receive through the scheme will be treated as taxable income.

HMRC will provide more guidance on how to make a claim when the registration service is open.

How can i promote my venue?

The Government have put together a selection of promotional materials for you to use to promote that your venue is taking part which can be downloaded here.

If the standard promotional materials aren’t quite right for your business we’ve partnered with Umami to offer all 86 readers a free branded social media image for all bars and restaurants. Head over to their website at https://byumami.com/eat-out-help-out/ to claim yours.

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