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COVID-19 Self-Employed Income Support Scheme - what you need to know!

What's happened so far....

HMRC have started contacting those of you who are self-employed who they think could be eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).  This is based on the information you provided in your 2018/2019 tax return.

They’re inviting these individuals to use their online checker which will quickly confirm whether you are eligible and will give you a specific date from which you can make a claim.

You may already have been contacted about this process, this information gives you a little bit more background on how it will work.

Unlike the furlough claims as your agent, we won’t be able to make a claim on behalf of our clients unfortunately and so all we can do during this process is hold your hand and guide you as much as possible.

How to use their online checker

To use their online checker, you will need your Unique Taxpayer Reference Number and your National Insurance Number.  You should have plenty of documentation with this on and more recently HMRC have been sending out your notices to file a 2019/2020 tax return – both these details will be on here.

If you are eligible, you will be given a date, between 13 and 18‌‌ May, from which you can apply. This date is assigned randomly to help HMRC manage demand on the service, making sure that everyone who needs to make a claim can do so.

You will also be asked to provide Government Gateway credentials (user ID and password) and check that your bank and contact details are up to date. This is important so that they can remind you by email or text message when it’s your turn to make a claim.

If you don’t have Government Gateway credentials, you can set these up by following their guidance when using the SEISS eligibility checker. There will be no requirement for you to wait for pins or codes through the post, this will be immediate.

We encourage you to do this as soon as possible to avoid delays of any monies coming through to support you during these times.

If you don’t have online access

We have been informed that HMRC will start to write out to people during May to give them an alternative way to claim. 

The application process

The application process will show how HMRC has calculated the grant to you. You will be able to share this calculation with us, so we have this ready for when we need it.  We can also check anything you’re unsure of.

A word about scams

We are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. Eligible customers will be invited to claim through GOV‌.UK – it is the only service you can use. If someone gets in touch with you claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as their name, credit card or bank details, do not respond. It is a scam.  Contact us if you’re unsure.

Suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC should be reported to us by sending them to Texts should be sent to 60599.

Get in touch

We are here to support you all as much as possible so please do contact us if you’re unsure of anything or feel you need help with it all - email or call 01530 447999.

12 May 2020

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