HMRC are writing to some individuals who started their sole trade/self-employment in 2019/20 and wish to claim the fourth and fifth self-employment income support scheme grant (SEISS). These individuals will be asked to complete some verification checks to confirm their identity and proof of their self-employment.
These individuals should receive a letter from 8th March through to the middle of April informing them that HMRC will call them in 10 working days. HMRC will attempt to call these individuals up to 3 times and the call will be from an unknown number.
You will be asked to confirm your email address where you will receive a link to a secure online platform. You will be required to upload one form of identity and 3 months’ worth of bank statements to confirm your business activity.
Once HMRC receive this information, they will check your eligibility under the new SEISS scheme where you will then be invited to claim the grant under the scheme. The fourth grant will provide 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits capped at £7,500.
HMRC will never ask for you to provide your bank account details; payment or personal information. You can report suspicious emails/texts/calls to HMRC via the following email address: email@example.com
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