Making Tax Digital IT maintenance affects submission process

HMRC has resolved a technical issue affecting submissions of Making Tax Digital for VAT returns following IT maintenance over the weekend

The service notice on gov.uk, issued on Monday evening, stated that HMRC was ‘aware that some customers are experiencing an issue with submitting their Making Tax Digital for VAT returns’. HMRC has now fixed the issue and updated the service availability page. 

An HMRC spokesperson told Accountancy Daily: ‘Over the weekend we shuttered the service to undertake some routine scheduled maintenance to deliver additional functionality – some of the improvements took a little longer than expected to fully deploy.

‘Nearly a million businesses have now signed up to MTD and we welcome remaining businesses to sign up too.’ 

All businesses and sole traders registered for VAT over the £85,000 threshold need to file VAT returns digitally as of 1 April 2019. The first significant filing deadline was 7 August for quarterly returns. An estimated 200,000 businesses have still not signed up to the mandatory MTD for VAT digital filing system and although HMRC has said it will take a soft-touch approach to penalties, it will not tolerate non-compliance excuses.

All service availability notices are updated immediately on gov.uk

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