Eat Out to Help Out

Published 3rd August 2020

In an attempt to kickstart the hospitality industry following the decline in customer numbers the Government has decided to incentivise the public to eat with the "Eat Out to Help Out" Scheme which offers a discount to diners eating and drinking in registered restaurants.

Eligible establishments can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking. Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.

Registration for the scheme will close on 31 August.

Who can register

You can register if your establishment:

You cannot register:

If your application is based on dishonest or inaccurate information, your registration will be revoked.

Details of how to register for the scheme can be found on HM Revenue & Customs website here.

Records you must keep

For each day you’re using the scheme, you must keep records of the:

If you are using the scheme for more than one establishment, you must keep these records for each.

The service you’ll use to claim reimbursements will be available on 7 August 2020 and will close on 30 September.

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

You’ll still need to pay VAT based on the full amount of your customers’ bills and any money you receive through the scheme will be treated as taxable income.

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