Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Changes to Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grants


HMRC yesterday announced several important changes to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant:

1. The first is that you will need to apply for the grant - previously the government announcements indicated that the process would be more automated.

2. Secondly, HMRC have confirmed agents (accountants) cannot make the application on your behalf via their agent access with HMRC.

This means that you need to make sure you register for an online Tax Account if you do not already have one with HMRC. 

You can register for an online Tax Account here at the HMRC website: https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account/sign-in/create-account

You will be provided with a gateway account ID and password. HMRC will process the grant claim via your Tax Account, so it’s important you get this set up ASAP.

The online portal opens on the 13th May 2020. Once you have opened your Tax Account, you can check your eligibility for the grant and find out when you can start your application.

Although we cannot make the application for you, we can talk you through setting up your online Tax Account and help you with the information you need to enter for the grant application. Please drop me a line and I will be pleased to help.

Best wishes,


Steven Hillman ACA
Chartered Accountant
Tel: 01934 444100

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