Briefing 7 – 12th May
This is a Briefing specifically focused at out Self-Employed or Partnership member clients.
For clarity you are not self-employed if you own shares and are a director of a Limited company
business you control
Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
In earlier Briefings we have advised of the detail of the above scheme.
You were all sent an email with what we believed you might expect to receive, based on the financial
information we hold, and the limited detail HMRC had provided at that time on how they would
make their assessments.
Last week we advised you that you would need an Online Government Gateway Account with HMRC
in order to:-
- Check if HMRC believe you are eligible for support
- To establish the date you have been given, on which you may make your claim
- Actually then make your claim
Please remember as your tax agents we will not and have not been allowed to do any of this for you.
Hopefully you all now have you Government Gateway user ID and password and have recorded the
date on which you may make a claim.
If you are finding the above difficult or have got stuck with any element, please do call us
As a Practice we do know your claim date and shall be calling you to remind you to make the claim.
The first date for making any online claim is tomorrow, 13 th May 2020 and some of our clients have
been given this date.
As we have many self-employed and partnership clients, we have allocated batches of clients, for
care and assistance, across our team. Ensuring we can be as responsive as possible to any
challenges you may have, when many of you have been given the same date.
So many apologies but you may not, on this very specific occasion, speak with the team member you
are used to dealing with. Our apologies again for that, but we thought a faster response to query
was maybe the priority here.
The team member you have been allocated will be the one calling you to remind you of the claim
If you then have a challenge when making the claim or would simply rather have them on the end of
the phone to help you, as you proceed through the claim, it’s them you should ask for when you call
the office – 01202 880384. They’ll call you back as soon as they are able.
When making the claim you will need to have to hand:-
- Self Assessment UTR
- National Insurance number
- Government Gateway user ID and password
- bank account number and sort code you want to pay the grant into (only provide
bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)
The money should be with you within 6 days.
After you’ve claimed
Once you’ve submitted your claim, you will be told straight away if your grant is approved.
You must keep a copy of all records in line with normal self-employment record keeping
- the amount claimed
- the claim reference number for your records
- evidence that your business has been adversely affected by coronavirus
You will need to report the grant:
- on your Self Assessment tax return
- as self-employed income for any Universal Credit claims
- as self-employed income and that you’re working 16 hours a week for any tax credits claims
If you receive texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC at this time, offering financial
help or a tax refund and asking you to click on a link or to give personal information, it is a