Update as of 14/05/20: The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims portal is now live
There is still uncertainty as to how HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme but they have made it clear that they will not ask you for your bank details by telephone, text, or an e-mail containing a link for you to click.
If you receive any communication purporting to be from HMRC and are unsure of its legitimacy, please check with your accountant before responding to it.
They may, however, email you inviting you to log in to your Government Gateway account to view their most recent message to you. This is a legitimate way that HMRC will contact you but if you are unsure, please send this to us so we can confirm that the email is safe.
If you cannot remember your Government ID and password these can be reset.
If you do not have a Government Gateway account, you can use the link above to register for one, but if you do have one, HMRC should contact you by post using the latest address that they hold for you.
HMRC have made it clear that claiming will be done through GOV.UK. It should be possible for taxpayers who do not have online access to claim another way, but these details have not yet been made available. We will provide an update as soon as these are available.
The online service you’ll use to claim is not available yet. HMRC will aim to contact you by mid-May 2020 and will make payments by early June 2020. The scheme may well be extended but this has not yet been confirmed.