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Can an SEISS claim be amended?

Can an SEISS claim be amended?

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Asking for a friend (or rather a client) of course! I have a client who GUESSED his turnover for his SEISS Grant 5 and guessed quite badly. I am meeting the client on Monday to sign off his accounts & self-assessment and said I would try to help him correct the SEISS claim.

A quick Google search makes me wonder if it is even possible to amend once claimed. Unfortunately I haven't needed to access the SEISS portal as accountants haven't been allowed access. 

Can anyone offer advice on how the client should get this amended?

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By lionofludesch
17th Sep 2021 17:01

Has he overclaimed or underclaimed ?

It's the worst of both worlds.

If he's overclaimed, he needs to send the money back.

If he's underclaimed, tough.

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By johnny fartpants
17th Sep 2021 17:05

Overclaimed. He should be entitled to 30% not 80%.

I don't think any of my clients are mad enough to under claim!!

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By Paul Crowley
17th Sep 2021 19:15

He needs to call HMRC and sort it out before you submit his tax return.
Him not you

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By johnny fartpants
17th Sep 2021 19:55

Thanks Paul. Yes, I was hoping we could call HMRC at Monday's meeting. I asked the agent's helpline for the best contact number. They gave me the Covid helpline. Unless I anyone on the forum has a better alternative, this is what we will try on Monday.

I am well aware that this isn't for agent's to get involved too heavily but this client isn't great with dealing with the revenue. I fear if I don't offer some kind of support then nothing will get done.

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By Paul Crowley
17th Sep 2021 20:16

If you are both there then probably the best solution is as you say
HMRC less liable to be awkward with an agent present on speakerphone

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By fawltybasil2575
18th Sep 2021 10:27

@ johnny . . . . (OP).

This is a link to the process:-

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tell-hmrc-and-pay-the-self-employment-income...

You should be able to guide your client through the process. If the overpayment is successfully accomplished - “job done”.

If, for whatever reason, no success, then Plan B is simply:-

Obtain a cheque from the client and sent it to HMRC with a detailed explanatory letter – the encashment of the cheque suffices to show that your client has complied with (all importantly) the LAW. So – “job done”, and no further action required.

Basil.

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By johnny fartpants
18th Sep 2021 10:35

That's EXACTLY what I had been looking for. Thank you so much Basil.

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