HMRC system upgrade planned this weekend

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HMRC has announced that its semi-annual software upgrade will take place over the weekend of 5-6 April.

The core element of the work will be completed between Friday evening and Sunday morning, but some tasks will continue into Monday morning. A close examination of the different online services shows that most of HMRC’s online submission mechanisms will continue working for both its own software and commercial software. But electronic acknowledgements will be delayed.

HMRC played down the significance of the “routine” seasonal upgrade and told AccountingWEB that it would not herald the launch of any new digital services. This stance is at odds with the department’s Digital Strategy, which set out an ambitious timetable for arrange of online services, including...

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By Old Greying Accountant
03rd Apr 2014 14:12

Why ...

... can they wait until after 5th for FPS submissions and 7th for VAT submissions - if they waited a week it would be a fairly quiet period for deadlines.

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03rd Apr 2014 16:03

The upgrade they won't make...

is to rationalise their validation of address and company number with the "same" data held at Companies' House.  This bug has been affecting CT600 submission since CT600 submission became an online process.

And will, no doubt, continue to do so.

None so blind as those who choose not to see.

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03rd Apr 2014 18:35

What?
Can you be more explicit about the problem you have?

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04th Apr 2014 14:49

@the_Poacher

Error code 1607 - which causes the final submission to abort

HMRC have stated that this error code should never be seen by me as it indicates a conflict between data fields populated by HMRC - typically the company number and address.

I'm sure that this is correct - but then, why does the error still occur, literally years after it has been reported?

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06th Apr 2014 10:48

Oh no...

I ALWAYS worry when there is an "upgrade". What are they messing with now. BBC iPlayer anyone?

http://www.cambridgetax.co.uk

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By Flash Gordon
07th Apr 2014 07:26

Gone back in time

They appear to have gone back in time - they think the current tax year (for trying to look at your recent PAYE notices) is 2012/13 - and as they don't offer 2014/15 as a separate option you can't see your notices!

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07th Apr 2014 10:46

Thanks Flash...

You're not the only one - but you were the earliest.

We're still waiting to hear back from HMRC about the problem, but they don't start quite as early in the day as you.

I will make no other comment about your work/life balance other than to note how impressed I was to see you at the coal face at 7:26am on the first (working) day of the new tax year.

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By Flash Gordon
07th Apr 2014 12:55

Keen

John Stokdyk wrote:

You're not the only one - but you were the earliest.

We're still waiting to hear back from HMRC about the problem, but they don't start quite as early in the day as you.

I will make no other comment about your work/life balance other than to note how impressed I was to see you at the coal face at 7:26am on the first (working) day of the new tax year.

I'm either just keen like that or I know that I lose momentum rapidly as the morning goes on! And there was an element of trying to put off an unwelcome task - it's amazing how many other jobs get done at that point :)

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By SueD
07th Apr 2014 11:28

Corporation tax return

I tried to file a corporation tax return this morning. My return was rejected for having the wrong company number. I checked and it was correct. I thought I would reenter and try again. This time my return was rejected stating I had already filed a return for this period.. All I had though was two rejection E Mails. I rang the online helpdesk and they told me that no return had been filed and they would escalate my problem and get back to me. The lady stated that quite a few people had rung this morning with the same problem.

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By Flash Gordon
07th Apr 2014 12:56

@ SueD

Ditto - just tried for the third time and still a no-go.... Thank goodness for AWeb - otherwise how many of us would be convinced we were doing something wrong and waste vast quantities of time...

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28th Apr 2014 20:20

Anyone else still having problems?
Is anyone else still having problems?

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