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Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme registration opens today (Monday 13th July) for eligible businesses.

You can register for the scheme here.

The scheme allows you 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 and to claim the money back from the government.


 You can register if your establishment:

  • 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

The full and detailed guidance including examples of establishments who can and cannot register can be found here

How to register 

In order to register you must have a government gateway. If you do not have one, you can create one when your register. You must register your business yourself.  CFW cannot (as agent) register on your behalf.

Once registered you will be added to a list of registered establishments that will be made available to the public.

You can request to be removed from the scheme by contacting HMRC. They will manually remove you from the list so it can take a few days. You must inform your customers that you are no longer part of the scheme and can no longer offer the discount.

The scheme runs from 3 August to 31 August 2020 and is applicable on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only. You cannot offer discount before the 3 August 2020.

The scheme will close for registration on 31 August 2020 and the claims service will close on 30 September 2020.

Making a claim

You can make your first claim from 7th August 2020. You must wait 7 days from registration before making your first claim and HMRC will pay eligible claim within 5 working days. You can submit claims on a weekly basis.

VAT and tax  VAT is payable based on the FULL amount of the customer’s bills and any money you receive from HMRC will be treated as taxable income. If you are VAT registered, this scheme will be open for part of the reduced VAT scheme. We will be providing further details of the reduced VAT scheme separately.

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