HMRC’s Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has today gone live, weeks ahead of it’s planned implementation date.
The scheme provides much needed support for the self employed, with members of the community invited to check their eligibility and generate a claim date.
A new claims page has been set up on the gov.uk website, and whilst eligible claimants were advised they would receive notification by email or text, from our experience this hasn’t been the case.
On the new claims page, as per the eligibility checker, you are firstly asked to enter your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), (found on your self assessment tax return), and your National Insurance (NI) number.
Next you are asked to log into your Government Gateway account with your User ID and password. This information is generated when you register as self employed using the HMRC online service. If you do not have a Gateway login you are given the opportunity to create one, and if have forgotten or lost this information, you can reset or recover this.
Following the sign in process you are provided with a declaration regarding trading activities in 19/20 and 20/21, you are also asked to acknowledge that your business has been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent webinar, HMRC gave guidance on what this means with requirements to shield, becoming ill with the virus, a reduction in customer number or turnover and staff being unable to attend work, all supporting a claim for the grant.
On accepting the declaration, you will be asked to provide your name, email address and mobile number (optional). Next a grant calculation is provided which includes the method of calculation HMRC has used to reach this figure. If you disagree with this figure, HMRC advise making your claim and contacting them to request a review.
Next, you are asked to select the type of account you wish to have the grant paid into, either business or personal; to provide your name or the business name along with sort code and account number. You will also be asked to confirm the registered address of the bank account receiving the payment.
To complete the grant claim, a second declaration is provided to confirm the grant requirements have been met. On submission of the grant claim, confirmation of the claim value along with a reference number is provided.
We strongly suggest you take a copy of the claim submission for safekeeping as details of the grant will need to be included in your 20/21 tax return as taxable income. It is also advisable to keep information and records to support your claim as HMRC will undertake checks later in the year and seek to recover amounts relating to fraudulent claims.