In order to use the new HMRC online service to submit VAT returns on behalf of your clients, you will need to create an agent services account. The sign up process is simple and easy and should take you a couple of minutes to get started.
*You must create your agent services account only via the HMRC website. You cannot create your agent services account from within Quickbooks.
What is an agent service account?
The agent’s services account allows you to access the new HMRC online service and use a software to communicate directly with HMRC. You will need this if you are a professional tax agent and support one or many clients with tax submissions.
Why you should create an agent services account?
As a professional tax agent firm you need an agent services account to access new HMRC online services and use software to communicate directly with HMRC.
You can use it to act on behalf of your clients to:
- Send Income tax updates as part of the HMRC’s tax digital pilot and post pilot.
- Register a trust online.
- Register an estate online for someone who had died.
The list of actions you can do with the agent services account will be updated as and when more services becomes available.
How do I set up an agent services account?
To set up your agent services account you will need to use your current Government Gateway (GG) ID. As part of signing up you will receive new credentials. It is these new credentials that you will use to access MTD services.
Once you set this up the agent services account you will have administrative control and you will be able to access the new HMRC online service.
To set up, you will need the following:
- Your agent firms self-assessment or corporation tax unique tax payer reference (UTR).
- Postcode associated with that reference.
Note: You will get a new agent government gateway ID when you complete the set up. This will be the ID you need to use when you access the HMRC online service even if you already use a different one for other activities.
If I or my clients are under the threshold, am I still required to set up an ASA account?
As ASA account is only required if you are eligible for VAT over the threshold and register for MTD. You will continue your submissions via your standard HMRC credentials.
To set up your agent services account, visit https://www.gov.uk/log-in-register-hmrc-online-services