In order to provide you with the information you need to handle the death of a loved one, this week Prestige Tax and Trust Services asks; how does Tell Us Once work?
Tell us once
There are a wide range of tasks that you’re legally obligated to complete when a loved one passes away. You need to register the death, arrange the funeral, calculate inheritance tax etc. You also need to inform various government agencies of the death.
You can do this by utilising the government’s ‘Tell Us Once’ service. This is a tool which allows you to inform most of the necessary government agencies that a loved one has passed away. However if your local registrar doesn’t provide the service (they don’t in Northern Ireland) you need to inform these organisations of the death yourself.
The government organisations the service informs include:
- Passport office – so they can cancel the deceased’s passport.
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) – so they can cancel any benefits the deceased may have been receiving, and deal with tax issues.
- The deceased’s local council – so they can remove them from the electoral register and cancel any benefits they might have been claiming.
- Department of Work and Pensions – so they can cancel any benefits the deceased may have been receiving e.g. income support.
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – so they can cancel the deceased’s driving license. However you’ll still need to submit any necessary DVLA registration certificates (V5C).
How to use
You can only use Tell Us Once if your local registrar offers the service. If they do they’ll provide you with a unique reference number when you register the death of the deceased. This will allow you to use the Tell Us Once service by phone or online. To utilise the service you’ll need the deceased’s date of birth, passport number, driving licence number and national Insurance number.
You’ll also need the details of any local council services they were receiving, and the details of any benefit entitlements they were getting. Furthermore, you’ll need the name and address of the deceased’s next of kin, and the name and address of the administrator/executor of their estate. You must obtain the permission of the deceased’s next of kin, executor/administrator or anyone who was claiming joint entitlements/benefits with them before you submit their details to Tell Us Once.
Prestige Tax and Trust Services
There are a number of other complex tasks you need to perform when someone dies, such as applying for a grant of representation to administer their estate. You should let Prestige Tax and Trust Services help; our probate team has the experience you need to handle the tasks that must be performed when a loved one passes away.