HMRC will 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 unavailable 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 new customers joining the VAT pilot and existing customers accessing their accounts, making submissions, or filing VAT returns. Customers who join the service on 29 or 30 November may also encounter a delay in receiving their sign-up confirmation.
HMRC has acknowledged that the timing of this is close to the filing deadline for those who have to file their next return by 7 December and have confirmed that the service will be available again from 11:00am on 4 December to ensure they are able to do so.
Customers 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 the pilot to be opened to the vast majority of customer types. HMRC will update customers once they are ready to open the pilot up to these customer types and will be writing to all customers within the scope of Making Tax Digital for VAT once they are eligible to join the pilot.
The MTD Income Tax pilot is unaffected by this maintenance.