HMRC’s new Agent Services Account is about to add key services.
ACCA is encouraging members to register for the new Agent Services Account (ASA) now rather than leaving it until the inevitable rush in the new year. Because of the start of MTD for VAT from April, accountants will need to be fully conversant with the ASA, so sooner rather than later is our advice.
Registration is very straightforward, although members may have been put off in the past because of the relatively few services currently available under the ASA. However, the list of services will constantly be updated, and registering now will put members ahead of the game and avoid any possible delays caused by leaving registration until 2019.
ASA services currently available
You can use your ASA to act on behalf of your clients to:
This list will be updated and extended as more online services become available.
How to create an ASA
You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID and password you currently use to access other HMRC online services for agents. You will also need your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), which will be your:
corporation tax or company UTR, for a limited company
partnership UTR, for a partnership or limited liability partnership
individual self assessment UTR, for a sole trader.
You will also need the postcode associated with that UTR.
You must be the person responsible for your agent firm’s tax or administrative matters. The account gives you administrative control over your agent firm in accessing new HMRC online services.
When you create an ASA, you’ll be issued with a new agent Government Gateway user ID and password. The user ID will be required to access HMRC online.
Once registered, you’ll need to link your clients to your new ASA. Invite additional clients (new clients and existing clients who have not yet signed up to use an HMRC online service) to link one by one.
What happens to my old agent registration once I have an ASA?
A very important point to note is that you should continue to use your other Government Gateway user IDs to:
access other HMRC online services that are not covered by the agent services account (see above)
use the agent services dashboard (previously known as Agent Online Self Service).
Your existing links to HMRC will still work for online services that are not yet enabled under ASA. ASA registration will not currently remove client authorisation from your existing account, which can still be used.