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For info - HMRC VAT system down

.... according to TaxFiler

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Trying to file a VAT return this morning and Taxfiler is showing that the HMRC system is unavailable. I checked one of the websites which tracks down time on servers and indeed lots of people seem to be having a problem this morning with HMRC.

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By leicsred
15th Mar 2021 10:20

It won't let me log on to report a CGT gain as an agent either - presumably the same issue.

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By sparkler
15th Mar 2021 12:35

I've been trying to do this too over the weekend but can't access the Agent Services Account. That's good news if it should be up and running again by 5pm.

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By acceje
15th Mar 2021 10:31

Thanks for sharing this info - I'm trying to submit a VAT return via VT Software which won't file but I managed to file an FPS via Moneysoft earlier and that went through fine.

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By csmith8757
15th Mar 2021 10:36

Down for maintenance until 5pm this evening.

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By Duggimon
15th Mar 2021 11:49

It's on HMRC's own site, scheduled maintenance from Saturday until 5pm today.

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By sparkler
15th Mar 2021 12:34

Could you let me know where you found this info please? I have been trying to access the Agent Services Account since Saturday without success. I can't see anything on the HMRC homepage, and I have checked the "agent service account availability" page which would seem a logical place to look, but it states that there is a full service. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agent-services-account-servic...

Thanks in advance if you're able to provide a link!

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By sparkler
15th Mar 2021 13:41

Thanks for that info - would be helpful if HMRC were to provide general info on the ASA availability rather than MTD-specific!

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By EasyMTDVAT
15th Mar 2021 13:34

You can always find out about MTD for VAT system downtime here...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-tax-digital-for-vat-se...

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By Duggimon
16th Mar 2021 08:23

It's still down for me, is it still down for everyone else?

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By TaxTeddy
16th Mar 2021 08:33

Still down this morning - I KNEW they would break it.

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By acceje
16th Mar 2021 08:56

Yes !

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By EasyMTDVAT
16th Mar 2021 10:15

Yes, we have had a couple of clients state it is still unavailable yet the web page linked above states everything is fine!

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
16th Mar 2021 11:00

I am still down too for VAT
but filed some overdue SA this morning

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John Stokdyk, AccountingWEB head of insight
By John Stokdyk
16th Mar 2021 17:10

Thanks for passing on the info Ted.

I got a follow up email at 09:47 this morning from HMRC alerting me to an issue that was making the MTD for VAT page unavailable. Ten minutes later, a specific component had been identified and was being fixed.

But half an hour ago, I got an update, explaining that after scheduled maintenance over the weekend: "an issue has been identified which is impacting the ability of some MTD for VAT customers to submit a return.

"In order to enable a fix to be delivered, the ‘Return Submission’ element of MTD for VAT requires shuttering. As a result, it is currently not possible for customers or agents to submit a VAT return through the MTD service.

"All other elements of the VAT service (such as sign-up and payment) remain open. There is no interruption to applications for the VAT deferral New Payment Scheme. The MTD for ITSA service is unaffected.

"We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and expect the full service to return on the morning of Thursday 18th March. If this situation changes, we will notify you immediately."

If it would help to keep up with these notifications, click the blue button at the top of this page: https://api-platform-status.production.tax.service.gov.uk/

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By TaxTeddy
17th Mar 2021 09:02

Thanks John

Still unavailable at 9am on Wednesday 17th. They have really done it this time.

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By Duggimon
17th Mar 2021 10:06

Thanks John, that's clearly the better link to use since the main MTD service availability page has been merrily declaring there's no issue since Monday morning, when in fact it isn't working.

They really do try to minimise things in their descriptions though, "impacting the ability of some MTD for VAT customers" = everybody, and they're clear to state that a lot of other unconnected services are still working, as though that helps my clients waiting on VAT refunds they asked me to claim on Saturday.

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By johnny fartpants
17th Mar 2021 07:08

I'm still not able to file MTD VAT returns. I use Sage Line 50. Are others still experiencing the same issue?

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By johnhemming
17th Mar 2021 15:47

HMRC say it is up now.

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By Duggimon
17th Mar 2021 16:29

It is, three returns away, all fine.

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