MTD for VAT service - scheduled maintenance

Nov 27, 2018

HMRC have contacted us to advise of scheduled maintenance to the Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT service which is being undertaken to enable additional functionality. As a result, access to the service will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 30 November until 11am inclusive on Tuesday 4 December. HMRC is conscious that the timing of this is close to the filing deadline for those who have to file their next VAT return by 7 December, however the service will be available again from 11:00am on 4 December to ensure they are able to do so. 

During the scheduled maintenance period, there will be no access to any of the elements of the service. This includes new taxpayers joining the VAT pilot and existing taxpayers accessing their accounts, making submissions, or filing VAT returns. Taxpayers who join the service on 29 or 30 November may also encounter a delay in receiving their sign-up confirmation.  

Taxpayers participating in the pilot should not revert to filing their VAT returns through the HMRC portal or their old ‘XML’ software in the interim. This scheduled maintenance is intended to release more functionality that will allow HMRC to open up the pilot to the vast majority of taxpayer types, once HMRC has completed initial, private testing with small numbers of invited businesses and agents. This includes partnerships, EU Traders, new businesses and those whose affairs are not up to date.

HMRC will provide an update once that private testing is complete and the pilot is ready to be opened up to these taxpayer types. HMRC will be writing to all taxpayers within the scope of MTD for VAT once they are eligible to join the pilot. The MTD Income Tax pilot is unaffected by this maintenance.