HMRC will shortly be undertaking scheduled maintenance to the Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT service to enable them to release additional functionality. As a result they will need to close access to the service from 17:00 on Friday 30 November until 11:00 on Tuesday 4 December.
During the scheduled maintenance period, there will be no access to any of the elements of the service. This includes those joining the VAT pilot and existing users accessing their accounts, making submissions, or filing VAT returns. Anyone who joins the service on 29 or 30 November may also encounter a delay in receiving their sign-up confirmation. HMRC have said they appreciate the timing of this is close to the filing deadline for those who have to file their next return by 7 December, but the service will be available again from 11:00 on 4 December. Those 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 will release more functionality that will allow HMRC to open up the pilot to the vast majority of business types, once they have 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 a further update once the private testing is complete and they are ready to open the pilot up to these business types and will be writing to all those 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.