The claims service will open ahead of schedule on 13 May with money in bank accounts by 25 May.
HMRC have announced that from today (4 May) businesses can either go online to check their eligibility or wait to be contacted by HMRC.
HMRC will contact eligible customers to invite them to claim through GOV.UK – it is the only service they can use. If someone gets in touch with you claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as name, credit card or bank details, you should not respond. It is a scam.
Suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC should be reported to HMRC by sending them to email@example.com. Texts should be sent to 60599.