HMRC’s autumnal upgrade will take place this weekend between 7am on Saturday 8 October and 6am on Tuesday the 11th.
The October overhaul has become part of the tax department’s development calendar and is when its IT providers get the computer systems ready for the new tax year. As part of the process, the old 28% Corporation Tax rate setting will be reprogrammed so that returns that show the current 26% rate will be no longer be rejected.
Numerous AccountingWEB members have flagged up the inconvenience caused by the delay. The October tax rate correction has taken place in previous years, but now that efiling is mandatory, businsses and their agents can no longer file a paper return to work around the glitch.
HMRC has published a service availabililty timetable that gives an idea of where the work will be taking place.
But AccountingWEB.co.uk member accountright struck a sceptical note in Any Answers by asking, “What do you think will not work properly when it is switched back on again?”
These episodes can be tricky, but are a necessary part of maintaining the tax department’s IT infrastructure. Word from within the department is that there won’t be too many significant changes, as any spare resources are now being directed to compliance and enforcement activities.
If you spot any undocumented changes or unexpected behaviour from HMRC’s computer systems in the next five days or so, be sure to alert the rest of the AccountingWEB community by commenting below.