COVID-19 - Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - Information you need to prepare for claim

Following the update we provided on the Government's Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, we know lots of people are eagerly awaiting for the Online Claims Service to open on 13 May 2020.

We therefore wanted to highlight the actions you should take now, and the key information you need to ensure you have available, otherwise your claim could be delayed.

In advance of 13 May 2020 we would urge you to use the Online Eligibility Checker.

This will tell you whether or not HMRC believe you are eligible to make a claim.

If you are eligible, it will go on to confirm the time and date from which you will be able to make a claim and ask you to add your contact details. HMRC will use those details to remind you when the online service will be available.

When you make your claim

The information you will need is as follows:

- Self Assessment UTR - if you do not have this find out how to get your lost UTR

- National Insurance number - if you do not have this find out how to get your lost National Insurance number

- Government Gateway user ID and password (this must be your own individual user ID) - if you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you check your eligibility online

- Bank account number and sort code you want them to pay the grant into (only provide bank account details where a Bacs payment can be accepted)

When setting up the Government Gateway account, you will be asked to provide details of either a) your UK driving licence photocard or b) passport details, or c) you have the choice to choose to answer further multiple choice questions. You will need appropriate details to hand at this point.

You should be able to find your Self Assessment UTR and National Insurance on the latest tax return we have prepared for you.

Take care and keep safe.