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Registering as an agent with HMRC

Hi everyone, My name's Maggie, I'm AAT qualified and i've a got around 18 years experience in Purchase Ledger and treasury. I'm wondering if anyone would be able to give me a dummies guide to setting up to do some paid bookeeping and payroll on the side. I've been researching the steps I need to take but am finding it a bit confusing knowing what order things need to be done in. As I understand, I need to: - Register with HMRC as an agent. - Register for AML supervision. - Create an agent services account. - Register as self employed. I find the guidance on HMRC website quite confusing. Do I need a UTC before I can apply to be an agent? Please be kind any clear advise would be grately received. Many thanks


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Hi Maggie,

welcome to the forum.

You say that you are AAT qualified.

Can you not then become an MAAT MIP and would not then the AAT be your supervisory body for money laundering?

This page should possibly be your first port of call :





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Hi Maggie, welcome to the forum.

Yes, you'll need to register for self employment before becoming an agent. Payroll and VAT are relatively simple to set up, I would request a ASA once you have your VAT agent ID.

SA & CT are a little bit more complicated. You will need to write to HMRC and request the agent ID's. Can take 6-8 weeks to do.

More details here and what you need to include in letter.



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