Vat - So What are your thoughts on this..

Yazi Registered Posts: 225 Dedicated contributor 🦉
I need to submit Vat online today as I am not in work tomorrow. Vat due for Dec to Feb needs to be done by 7th April (Which is Sunday).

Cannot as they have a message..... "Due to a scheduled upgrade you will be unable to access our online service between 06:00 on Thursday 4 April and 06:00 on Saturday 6 April"

A Scheduled upgrade at this time???


  • Rozzi Rainbow
    Rozzi Rainbow Registered Posts: 465 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Possibly too late for you now, but I had this exact same problem yesterday and agree it's completely silly!! Our client has already had a few surcharge notices for paying her VAT late, so I didn't want her to get another one for filing this return late - although common sense says that if we file them on Monday morning they should class that as being in on time due to this current downtime, but knowing HMRC they wouldn't see it like that! Do they expect us to come in over the weekend just to file VAT Returns cos they decide to upgrade the system on the last working days the Return is due?

    I saw a message on the HMRC site near where they gave the message you quoted, that if you submit through third party software your acknowledgement will be delayed until the system is back online. So I created a new Company on Sage and posted a quick journal to generate the same figures on the VAT Return and submitted it that way. Couldn't actually get it to confirm it had sent sucessfully, but I'm hoping the email acknowledgement will arrive over the weekend. I've left it all with a colleague to check on Monday as I'm not in next week!

    Clever move, HMRC!!
  • Yazi
    Yazi Registered Posts: 225 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I did call HMRC yesterday and the nice man said that I need to logon and submit this Saturday or Sunday....

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