HMRC Making Tax Digital (MTD) Downtime for VAT Service – 21 – 23 September 2019

HMRC have announced scheduled maintenance to their  Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT service from Saturday 21st September at 10.15  until Monday 23rd September at 16:00.

During these times the MTD service for VAT will be closed and customers and their agents will be unable to:

  • Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT,
  • Create an Agent services account (although all other Agent services will be available),
  • Submit VAT returns,
  • View previous submissions and payment details,
  • Set up new or cancel and amend existing direct debits,
  • Review and update any business details,
  • Access the Business Tax Account to view or change details.

Further details can be found on the VAT and ITSA service availability pages:

No VAT penalty if you missed the first quarterly MTD deadline

If you pay your VAT quarterly by direct debit the sign-up window has closed for the 7 August (30 June quarter) submission. Do not worry as HMRC have announced that you will not be penalised this time so you may file the old way and come back when the direct debit has been collected to sign up in time to file the next return.

Although HMRC will not penalise you, they will send a letter telling you that you missed the deadline and asking you to take action.