The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is now live but it is important you make the claim yourself and do not use your agent

The claims system for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) went live yesterday, 13 May, for eligible customers to begin to make their claims and HMRC have confirmed the first day of claims has proceeded smoothly. HMRC appreciate the invaluable support agents provide to their clients in helping them prepare to claim a grant under this scheme.

However, HMRC have noticed some agents are using their client’s Government Gateway credentials to make claims on their behalf. Agents must not do this. It will trigger a fraud alert and will result in delays to receiving payment.

If your agent has claimed on your behalf already, your payment may be delayed. If you are affected, you will have to contact HMRC to resolve this.

HMRC’s priority was ensuing they could get money to those who needed it most, as quickly as possible and directly to the individual’s bank account.

The claims system has been designed so it is as simple as possible for customers to use and HMRC will calculate the amount a customer is entitled to, based on the information they already hold. HMRC are already seeing very positive feedback from customers who’ve made their claim and have found it easy and straightforward.

Details on how you can claim can be found here.

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