Guidance

Create an agent services account

Create an agent services account for your tax agent firm to use certain HMRC services.

Your tax agent firm can use an agent services account to get automatic access to certain services, including Making Tax Digital.

This is different to your HMRC online services for agents account. Eventually, you’ll only need to use an agent services account.

Before you start

If you’re not already registered as an agent for either Corporation Tax, Self Assessment, VAT or PAYE, you’ll need to become a registered agent before you create an agent services account.

There’s a different way to apply for an agent services account if you’re not based in the UK.

Who can create an account

To create an agent service account you must be:

  • the person responsible for your firm’s tax and administrative matters
  • registered as an agent with HMRC
  • a registered member, if you’re creating an account for a Limited Liability Partnership

What you’ll need

You’ll need:

  • the Government Gateway user ID and password you use to access HMRC online services for agents
  • the Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) for your tax agent firm
  • the postcode associated with your UTR
  • your company registration number, if you have one
  • your VAT registration number, if you have one
  • your National Insurance number and date of birth to confirm your identity if you’re a sole trader or business partnership
  • your National Insurance number and date of birth to confirm your identity if you’re a Limited Liability Partnership (in some cases)
  • the name of your money laundering supervisory body, membership number and renewal date

Create an agent services account

Sign in using the Government Gateway user ID and password you use to access HMRC online services for agents.

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After you create an account

You’ll have 2 Government Gateway user IDs:

To view your current client lists, sign in to your HMRC online services for agents account. You cannot view your client lists through your agent services account.

Get help

If you need help, you can:

Published 15 March 2018
Last updated 22 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated with information on 'Who can create an agent services account'.

  2. Updated to advise you'll need your National Insurance number and date of birth to create an account if you're a Limited Liability Partnership.

  3. Guidance on what you will need to set up your account has been updated.

  4. Added translation

  5. The section 'Who should create an account' has been updated with more information for agents not registered with HMRC.

  6. Guidance on what you will need to set up your account has been updated.

  7. A link to 'Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT' has been added to section 'After you create an account'.

  8. You do not need to add services to your agent services account.

  9. If your agent business is based outside the UK, information about how to get approved by HMRC before you can create an agent services account has been added.

  10. The instructions for linking clients to your agent services account have been removed from this guide. A link to a new guide for linking clients has been added.

  11. Information about what you need to get an HMRC agent services account has been updated.

  12. Information for the Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot, including how to change your client's business details has been added.

  13. Guidance on the information you'll need before you start this service has been updated.

  14. First published.