Covid-19: Self employed? Prepare your claim for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme
HMRC has informed Accountants today that self employed clients will need to make their own claims for the "Self Employed Income Support Scheme" (SEISS) once they are invited to make a claim – Accountants will not be able to do this for you.
If you’re eligible, HMRC will write to you and invite you to make your claim using your “Personal Tax Account”. HMRC will also TELL you the date you can make your claim from.
If your claim is approved you’ll receive your payment within 6 working days.
The claim process will start from Wednesday 13 May 2020. Here is a link to the HMRC guidance.
I am aware that many self employed people do not have a “Personal Tax Account” so if you do not have one you will need to set one up urgently.
It is easy to do and I have attached a 2 minute video from HMRC to guide you through the process. It should not take no more than 10 minutes to set up your Personal Tax Account.
You will need the following information when you set up your personal tax account:-
· Full Name
· Address including Postcode
· Date of Birth
· National Insurance Number
· Unique Tax Reference Number
· Proof of Identification (Passport or Driving Licence or P60)
If you receive texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or a tax refund and asking you to click on a link or to give personal information, it is a scam. You should email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.