How to register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Blogs 10 Jul 2020

Find out about the new Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, the eligibility criteria and how you can register your business.

Find out about the new Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, the eligibility criteria and how you can register your business.
This blog was last updated 7 August 20

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme was unveiled by the Chancellor in the summer statement as a way of encouraging the public to support pubs, restaurants and cafes across the UK. Businesses who register with the scheme will be able to offer a 50% discount to customers and reclaim the money from the government.

What is the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

You can use the scheme to offer a discount to your customers and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

  • It’s valid all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • You can offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person (inclusive of VAT), for food and non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
  • You can claim this money back from the government
  • No limit on how many times customers can use the scheme
  • Excludes alcohol and service charges

When you register for the scheme, it’s expected that you will offer it during the whole of your opening hours on all the eligible days that you are open, and on all qualifying sales of food or drink.

Who can register?

You can register if your business sells food to eat on your premises, provides a dining area (including shared areas), and was registered as a food business with your local authority on or before 7 July 2020.

This includes:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • public houses that serve food
  • hotel restaurants
  • restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
  • dining rooms within members’ clubs
  • workplace and school canteens

When can I register?

Registration is open now will close 31 August 2020.

What do I need to register?

  • your Government Gateway ID and password (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
  • the address on your bank account for the business

You may also need your:

  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • employer PAYE scheme reference number (if applicable)
  • Corporation Tax or Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference

If you are registering multiple establishments (up to 25), you must provide the details of each.

What records do I need to keep?

For each day you use the scheme, you’ll need to keep track of:

  • How many people have used the scheme
  • How much you’ve taken under the scheme
  • The total amount of discounts you’ve given

If you own more than one restaurant, you’ll need to keep records for each.

How do I make a claim?

The service for making claims is now open, and will close on 30 September 2020.

You need to wait 7 days from registering your business to make your first claim. HMRC will pay eligible claims within 5 working days.

  • Claims can be submitted weekly
  • You’ll need to pay VAT based on the full amount of the bill
  • Money you receive will be treated as taxable income

Where can I find more information?

Further guidance on eligibility is available from HMRC, as well as detailed information about registering for the scheme. The Government has also published a number of posters, images and promotional material for businesses to download and use

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