COVID-19 Self Employed Income Support Scheme

Accountants can’t claim SEISS for clients

HMRC have announced today that the self-employed cannot ask their accountants to make the claim on their behalf.

To make a claim self-employed must have a government gateway : CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GATEWAY

Warning :

If you receive texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or a tax refund and asking you to click on a link or to give personal information, it is a scam. You should email it to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and then delete it.

How to Claim :

The online service you will need to use to claim is not available yet. HMRC is aiming to contact you by mid-May 2020 if you’re eligible, to invite you to claim using the GOV.UK online service. Payment will be made early June 2020 if your claim is approved.

Do not try to contact HMRC now as this may delay the scheme.

HMRC will check claims and take appropriate action to withhold or recover payments found to be dishonest or inaccurate. We expect HMRC to carry out follow up checks and investigations on these, especially after the crisis is over.

When you make your claim

You’ll only need your:

  • Self Assessment UTR
  • National Insurance number –
  • Government Gateway user ID and password – if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you check your eligibility online
  • bank account number and sort code you want us to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)

You’ll have to confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus.

If you claim the grant HMRC will treat this as confirmation you’re below the state aid limits.