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A guide to submitting Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claim

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HMRC have now updated their guidance so that individuals can log in and check if they are eligible for the self-employment income support scheme grant. HMRC’s system will also provide a time and date from which individuals can apply for the grant, if they are deemed eligible. We have created a supporting guide which you can follow to check your eligibility and also ensure you are prepared when the time comes to make your online claim.

If you have any questions regarding your claim please do not hesitate to pick up the phone to your Menzies contact.

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Before starting the SEISS claim process be sure to have the following information to hand: 

  • 10 digit Self-Assessment reference number (UTR) 
  • National Insurance number 
  • Bank Account Number and Sort code – to where the grant will be paid 
  • Government Gateway Account 

If you do not have a Government Gateway Account you will need the following information in order to set one up; 

  • A valid email address 
  • A UK mobile phone number 
  • Your National Insurance Number 
  • Your date of birth 

And at least one of the following:

  • Your recent payslips and the tax deducted/NI deducted figure 
  • Your home address and postcode for the completion of credit checks – entailing answering some straight forward questions regarding your personal details. 

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How to set up a Government Gateway ID

In order to start the process, you will need to have a government gateway ID. If you do not have a gateway account you will need to create one. To do this start by logging onto the Government Gateway login screen. This can be done by visiting – https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/bas-gateway/sign-in?continue_url=/account&origin= 

Once loaded, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the selection titled ‘If you do not need coronavirus guidance’ and click ‘Continue to my account’.

Please note:
Navigating to the direct login URL – https://www.access.service.gov.uk/login/signin/creds – may not work in subsequent sessions.

You will then be brought to the page shown (left). 

Select the option ‘Create sign in details’ to begin the process of creating a Government Gateway account 

NOTE: If you already have a government gateway account, please make a note of your login details – you will need these later. 

In order to create an account you will need the following information; 

  • Email address 
  • UK Mobile phone number (For additional security to your account) 

If prompted, please ensure that you select to create an INDIVIDUAL account. 

Upon completion of the registration process you will be provided with a Government Gateway user ID. You will need your user ID and your password each and every time you sign in to your Government Gateway account. 

Further information may be required to finalise your account, as set out below.  You may be asked to confirm your identity, you will need the following information; 

  • First name 
  • Last name 
  • National Insurance Number 
  • Date of Birth 

Plus one of the following:

  • your UK passport and the passport number/expiry date 
  • your home address and postcode for the completion of credit checks – entailing answering some straight forward questions regarding your personal details.

Upon supply of the above information, you will be requested to review and confirm your details. Once you are happy please complete the process.

Congratulations!
You have now successfully set up your government gateway account. 

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Reviewing your eligibility

HMRC have now updated their guidance to allow individuals to review their eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant and you will now need to review your eligibility.

To do this visit the following link and enter your Self-Assessment reference number (UTR number) and your National insurance number.

You should then receive a prompt, to confirm if you are eligible for the SEISS grant.
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If you are eligible for the scheme you will be given a date by which you can make a claim and you will then need to select ‘Continue’. 

You will then be prompted to enter your Government Gateway details on the next page. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
At this time we are currently unable to advise on what further details will be requested once you enter your government gateway ID.

This is because this page is personal to each individual. We suspect you will need to confirm your address, mobile number and some other personal details. 

If you are unsure what to do once you reach this stage, please phone your personal tax Menzies contact and we will guide you through the remainder of the process. 

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If you are not eligible for the scheme a similar prompt will appear. This time advising that you are not eligible. 

If you believe this is incorrect please let your personal tax contact at Menzies know. We will advise you on your next steps accordingly. 

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Making a claim

Individuals are currently unable to make a claim for the SEISS grant. You will be able to make a claim from the date provided in your online eligibility check. 

HMRC have advised that once you are able to claim, you will require the following information; 

  • 10 digit Self-Assessment reference number (UTR) 
  • National Insurance number 
  • Bank Account Number and Sort code – to where the grant will be paid 
  • Government Gateway Account.

You will also need to confirm that your business has been adversely impacted by Covid 19. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:
In order to claim for the scheme you must ensure you are below the state aid limits – the state aid limit is €800,000.

If you are unable to make a claim online you need to contact HMRC directly, which we anticipate is going to be far more time consuming.

In order to ensure you receive your support grant at the earliest date possible we would recommend setting up a Government Gateway account as soon as possible, this will ensure a reduced wait time for your grant. 

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After you have made a claim

HMRC have advised, that once you have submitted your claim you will be advised immediately if the claim has been approved. The grant will be paid to you within 6 working days of making the claim. 

You must keep the following records; 

  • The amount claimed 
  • The claim reference number 
  • Evidence that your business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Please be aware that the grant is taxable and must be reported in your 2020/21 tax return. 

If you have any questions in respect of the above, please get in touch with your Menzies contact. 

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David Ansdell is a Senior Manager in the Menzies Woking office specialising in corporate tax advisory and private client tax planning services.