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Self-employment income support scheme reminder

11/05/2020
 
A reminder that HMRC are now contacting those self-employed people who they believe will qualify for a grant under the self-employment income support scheme. 
 
The online portal for making a claim will be open from Wednesday 13 May onwards although we understand access will be phased.  Individuals will not be able to access the portal on a first come first served basis – access to the system will be phased in on a random basis as notified to individuals with the latest date any individual is able to access the system being 18 May.  This is presumably a measure to avoid the system becoming overloaded as soon as it opens.
 
Individuals who have not yet heard from HMRC can check whether HMRC considers they are eligible using their simple online tool:
 
 
There will be a mechanism to allow individuals to ask HMRC to review their circumstances if the system advises they are not eligible but they believe they should be.
 
In terms of the claim itself, HMRC will calculate the amount of the grant they consider each self-employed person is entitled to and will notify the individual directly.  It is important to note that tax agents will not be able to make claims on behalf of their client – the claim must be made by the individual themselves.  If the individual disagrees with the amount of the grant calculated by HMRC it may be preferable to make the claim in any event in order to access the funds as soon as possible and ask for a review by HMRC later.  We will provide more detail on this process as it becomes available. 
 
Again as a reminder to claim the individual will need their:
 
• Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference
• National Insurance number
• Government Gateway user ID and password
• Bank account number and sort code into which they wish the grant to be paid.
 
Many self-employed people who use tax agents to file their returns may not have a Government Gateway ID.  It is therefore essential for those people to obtain an ID in order to be able to claim. The eligibility checker above provides an opportunity to create an ID, or alternatively an ID can be created at the following link:
 
 
The process should be relatively straightforward but bear in mind there may be pressure on this system as well so we strongly recommend this process is completed as soon as possible. As with the claim process itself, tax agents cannot apply for a Government Gateway ID on their clients’ behalf.

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