It’s that time of year again. HMRC’s website will be shut this weekend for routine maintenance, reports Nick Huber.
HMRC’s IT systems will be offline in stages from today (10 October) until 6am on Monday 15 October for a routine IT upgrade to ensure accurate services, the tax department said.
Helplines will remain open through this period for general queries, but tax or benefit records cannot be amended.
Somekey key online services (corporation tax, CIS, PAYE & self assessment) will be unavailable from today (10 October), while the bulk of the overhaul will take place between Friday and Sunday, according to an HMRC summary of services affected by the upgrade. HMRC apologised for any disruption the IT upgrade will cause.
Althought they are planned and announced in advance, previous shutdowns of the web site have angered business and their advisers. In April, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) criticised HMRC’s decision to shut down its online services over the Easter break for showing “little understanding for the needs of businesses”.
The upgrade, which came days before the end of the previous tax, lasted for nearly one week.