HMRC will be undertaking the final wave of scheduled maintenance to the Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT service before it is mandated from April. As a result, the service will be temporarily closed from 5pm on Friday 15 March until 8:30am on Tuesday 19 March.
During this period, businesses will be unable to join the pilot, and those who have joined will be temporarily unable to access their MTD accounts or make submissions. Those who join the service immediately before the closure may experience a short delay in receiving their sign-up confirmation. However, they will be able to continue to make payments, as normal, and agents will still be able to create an agent services account and map over their existing clients.
This scheduled maintenance will release additional functionality, for example allowing non-UK Companies to join the service and extending the period during which those with an existing Direct Debit can join MTD. It will also remove the ability for those signed up for MTD to submit VAT Returns via the legacy VAT service (XML or online VAT portal) once they have signed up for MTD. Attempting to do will, in future, result in the generation of an error message and the customer will need to file through their MTD software.
The next return deadline is not until 7 April, so if any businesses participating in the pilot want to file their VAT return early, they should wait for the service to re-open and not revert to using the HMRC portal or their old ‘XML’ software in the interim.
The MTD Income Tax pilot is unaffected by this maintenance.