Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Update

Further to our update No. 14 yesterday (05-05-2020) relating to applications for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, the Tax Faculty at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have advised against taxpayers setting up a new Government Gateway ID in advance of making an application for the new Self Employed Income Support Scheme.

The advice from the Tax Faculty at ICAEW reads:

The Tax Faculty advises against clients setting up a new government gateway ID in advance of making an application, but instead doing so as the first step in the application process. This will ensure that the correct type of credentials are set up and avoids the need to wait for an authorisation code in the post (that this requirement is suspended for those that set up government gateway credentials as part of the SEISS service).

HMRC will be providing a telephone-based application service for the digitally excluded, further details are awaited.

HMRC has advised that agents should not use client credentials to apply for grants on behalf of clients and that doing so may trigger HMRC fraud checks and delay payment of the grant.

The online portal will open from 13 May and you can check that your eligibility for this scheme and the date from which you can apply at https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support/enter-unique-taxpayer-reference.

If you already have a Personal Tax account Government Gateway ID, you do not need to do anymore before the portal is open for applications.

If you do not already have a Personal Tax account Government Gateway ID, we advise that you do not set one up until such time that the system is open for your application and you can then set one up as the first part of the application process.

If you have already applied for a Personal Tax account in the last couple of days, do not worry as your code should arrive before the online portal opens.

As agents we are not going to be permitted to make these claims directly on your behalf and claims must be made by the taxpayer.  We will of course assist wherever needed.

We remain here to support you in these strange times. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss anything at all. We are very happy to help you even if just as a sounding board.