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 the service will be affected from 5:30pm on Friday 8 February until 8:30am on Tuesday 12 February for some users.
During this period, there will be disruptions to some elements of the service. This includes new customers joining the pilot. Customers who join the service immediately before the closure may experience a delay in receiving their sign-up confirmation.
Whilst some elements of the MTD VAT service will be inaccessible during this maintenance period (such as new customers joining) HMRC have advised existing MTD customers will now still be able to make submissions through the MTD service.
This scheduled maintenance will release additional functionality to allow HMRC to open up the pilot later in February to the majority of customers within the small deferral group. They have identified a time slot that should cause minimum disruption to those who have already joined the service, especially as it falls after the 7 February filing/payment date. They apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result. If anyone who is participating in the pilot needs to file their VAT return and is impacted then 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. Payment can be made using the usual payment channel.
HMRC have already written to over half the businesses that are mandated from April and during February they will write to all remaining businesses eligible to join the pilot.
The MTD Income Tax pilot is unaffected by this maintenance.