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The Inland Revenue has shut down part of its Web site because of software errors.

The Internet Service for Self Assessment - which allows citizens to submit their tax returns via the Net - was shut yesterday.

It should be open again by next week.

A message on the Internet Service for Self Assessment Web site reads: "We are sorry but our Internet Service for Self Assessment (SA) is temporarily unavailable.

"The service has been closed down until Sunday 20 August to upgrade the system and improve the service to customers. We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause."

The temporary closure will come as further embarrassment to the British Government which has forged ahead with plans to modernise the workings of government by using technology.

Today, the National Audit Office slammed the Government for wasting £1.6 billion on a computer system intended to crack down on benefit fraud accusing it of "organisational myopia". ®

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