Following on from Jeremy’s email earlier today we have had further guidance on the Self Employed Income Support Scheme as follows:

  • We will not be able to make the claim for you as an agent – this has been confirmed by our Institute today, they have expressed their displeasure about this to HMRC so this may change, but it appears unlikely
  • HMRC will calculate the grant from its records and at no stage will you have to supply information about your income – presumably why they are happy for agent’s not to be involved
  • The application portal will open to taxpayers on a staged basis between 13 and 18 May, with the portal opening on different days for different taxpayers on a random basis
  • HMRC will check the claim and expects to make payments from 25 May 2020 or within six working days of the application being submitted, whichever is the later

So please:

  1. Check your eligibility as soon as you can here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/self-employment-support/enter-unique-taxpayer-reference
  2. If you are eligible ensure have access to your HMRC account with your self-assessment record on. If you do not have access follow the prompt after checking eligibility to get a HMRC account setup
  3. If it says you are not eligible but you think you are, reach out to us and we can investigate further
  4. Monitor your emails and your messages on your HMRC account from 13th May for notification of when you can make the claim

Any queries please get in touch.