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Old Sep 25th 2017, 1:02 am   #1
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Default Enrolling on UK Government Gateway from overseas

There have been a few folks enquiring about enrolling on the UK government Gateway from overseas to avoid the wait for letters from HMRC to arrive here, with the response time having already expired. Here is the link to the appropriate Gov.UK pages.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/infor...affinitygroup=

Once enrolled, and electing for paperless communications, HMRC send you an email saying they have a message for you and to log on. Once starting the login process they send a one time access code to your mobile. I have not had one letter from HMRC for some time using this method and you can also securely email them with , usually , a relatively quick response.
Just thought it might be of interest to some folk.............
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Old Sep 25th 2017, 1:52 am   #2
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There have been a few folks enquiring about enrolling on the UK government Gateway from overseas to avoid the wait for letters from HMRC to arrive here, with the response time having already expired. Here is the link to the appropriate Gov.UK pages.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/infor...affinitygroup=

Once enrolled, and electing for paperless communications, HMRC send you an email saying they have a message for you and to log on. Once starting the login process they send a one time access code to your mobile. I have not had one letter from HMRC for some time using this method and you can also securely email them with , usually , a relatively quick response.
Just thought it might be of interest to some folk.............
Thanks for that. Over the years I have tried to enroll twice and as you say the response time had expired before receiving it but it would not have mattered if it had arrived quicker as both times the credit card sized ID card was missing. I assume disappointment all round when the ATM did not produce.
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Old Sep 25th 2017, 7:08 am   #3
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I would need to look deeper again re the enrollment as I believe I saw that they could send the activation code via email or mobile if post was a problem. i'm sure it was "hidden" somewhere in the help pages.
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Old Sep 25th 2017, 7:13 am   #4
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Sorry, forgot to put the link as to where you start to register - blame old age and stupidity.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/gover...origin=unknown
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The activation is through different methods but not by e-mail. I tried yesterday and gave up as never remember my cell number and the wife was out so I could not use hers which I also never remember, nor the land line!!
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The activation is through different methods but not by e-mail. I tried yesterday and gave up as never remember my cell number and the wife was out so I could not use hers which I also never remember, nor the land line!!
Surely you know how to look up your phones number mike? Mine is in settings/about/general on Android 5.5.
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Surely you know how to look up your phones number mike? Mine is in settings/about/general on Android 5.5.
oddly enough, No!!my cell is in a draw, battery discharged, months ago. my wife may have a number somewhere, never been motivated to find out, we tend to talk to each other.

I am just sooo 21st century man.

i suppose one day i will get around to visiting the BIR for a TIN, take the lady with me. after i get a TIN number i will follow the HMRC gateway instructions. By then all the rules will have changed and i will once again be non the wiser
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Sorry, forgot to put the link as to where you start to register - blame old age and stupidity.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/gover...origin=unknown
It really works! Tried several times over the last few years to activate the Government gateway by post, each time failing to make the deadline. Even just yesterday managed to be on the way to making a repeat of that by still getting the promise of a postal activation, which I am sure will fail again.

But then, with Quiltman's clarification that there is another way to Gateway registration through the tax service, which offers the choice of a code by text message... Panalo! as they say here.

Many thanks! It goes to show that with technology one just has to be patient.HMRC must have finally realised that us chaps in developing countries don't have reliable postal services.
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It really works! Tried several times over the last few years to activate the Government gateway by post, each time failing to make the deadline. Even just yesterday managed to be on the way to making a repeat of that by still getting the promise of a postal activation, which I am sure will fail again.

But then, with Quiltman's clarification that there is another way to Gateway registration through the tax service, which offers the choice of a code by text message... Panalo! as they say here.

Many thanks! It goes to show that with technology one just has to be patient.HMRC must have finally realised that us chaps in developing countries don't have reliable postal services.
Wonder when they will get round to simple e-mail
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It really works! Tried several times over the last few years to activate the Government gateway by post, each time failing to make the deadline. Even just yesterday managed to be on the way to making a repeat of that by still getting the promise of a postal activation, which I am sure will fail again.

But then, with Quiltman's clarification that there is another way to Gateway registration through the tax service, which offers the choice of a code by text message... Panalo! as they say here.

Many thanks! It goes to show that with technology one just has to be patient.HMRC must have finally realised that us chaps in developing countries don't have reliable postal services.
Glad you got sorted Raffin! I suppose, thinking about it , it's logical that HMRC want to tax us expats wherever we are so have made provision for overseas enrollment. The stupidity seems to be that if you try and enrol via the generic government gateway, you're beggared as they will only post the activation code, but enrolling via HMRC is OK. Once enrolled you should be able to access any of the Depts who are linked to the Gateway such as DWP. I only use HMRC as DWP only send pension detail letters - where postal time is immaterial , or Keep Alive letters where they now give us expats 16 weeks to respond as against the original 8 weeks - there is a thread here somewhere on this.
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There have been a few folks enquiring about enrolling on the UK government Gateway from overseas to avoid the wait for letters from HMRC to arrive here, with the response time having already expired. Here is the link to the appropriate Gov.UK pages.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/infor...affinitygroup=

Once enrolled, and electing for paperless communications, HMRC send you an email saying they have a message for you and to log on. Once starting the login process they send a one time access code to your mobile. I have not had one letter from HMRC for some time using this method and you can also securely email them with , usually , a relatively quick response.
Just thought it might be of interest to some folk.............
Just to say I don't have a mobile and more and more banking and investing stuff requires a mobile for a one time access code. It's infuriating.

Way of the world though.
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There have been a few folks enquiring about enrolling on the UK government Gateway from overseas to avoid the wait for letters from HMRC to arrive here, with the response time having already expired. Here is the link to the appropriate Gov.UK pages.
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/infor...affinitygroup=

Once enrolled, and electing for paperless communications, HMRC send you an email saying they have a message for you and to log on. Once starting the login process they send a one time access code to your mobile. I have not had one letter from HMRC for some time using this method and you can also securely email them with , usually , a relatively quick response.
Just thought it might be of interest to some folk.............

Thank you, finally got it all to work and have access to my NI records again
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Thank you, finally got it all to work and have access to my NI records again
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