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Why You Need a Government Gateway Account

Friday, January 26, 2024

When it comes to managing your business and personal tax affairs, having a Government Gateway account is essential. It's important to note that relying solely on your accountant to manage your Government Gateway login details is not recommended. Each of your companies will require a separate Government Gateway sign-in, and it's a straightforward process to register. Simply visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/access-our-services-using-government-gateway/use-a-government-gateway-account to get started, and you'll be prompted to provide your name, email address, password, and memorable word to create your account.


The Government Gateway is the online portal for accessing various UK government services, including HMRC. Having a personal Government Gateway user ID is crucial for managing your personal tax affairs. It's also important to set up a separate business account and not use your accountant's access details. This is because your accountant's agent account only lets them view certain information within their permissions. Our agent account covers all our clients; therefore, we can't share access details with individual clients. So, to make any necessary changes, such as updating bank details, clients must log in via their own Government Gateway sign-in.


When it comes to business accounts, you can add various elements such as VAT, PAYE, and more. It's essential to set up a business account as it provides less information than your personal login. In case of any issues, we might need you to log in to view certain pieces of information, such as amounts filed or paid, which our agent login would not to give us access to.


It's worth noting that each Government Gateway account is assigned a unique Government Gateway number, which is used to identify the user. If you have any queries about your Government Gateway register or need help checking if you have everything in place, please feel free to contact our team at Ellacott Morris. We're always ready to provide expert advice and guidance to make sure you have everything set up correctly.

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