UK tax system takes a little break from the interwebs
Planned outage, don't panic
Anyone wishing to commune electronically with the taxman will have to wait until Wednesday – HMRC systems are down for planned maintenance.
A spokesman for the Rev said the downtime was planned because it is one of HMRC's quietest periods.
From 7am on Monday until 6am on Wednesday most HMRC systems – including PAYE, Self Assessment and online VAT payments – will be unavailable.
HMRC said the downtime was routine.
A spokesman for the Rev told the Reg: "The planned system downtime is part of our normal business operation and happens twice a year (in April and October). It's necessary to allow us to implement changes to our IT systems in preparation for the new tax year.
"This particular one has been planned for the last nine months and whilst some IT services will be affected we have taken steps to minimise impacts where we can.
"The majority of our online web services will be available for customers and key trade systems such as our import and export system are not impacted."
Her Majesty's tax collectors directed taxpayers here for guidance on how service is being affected. ®
Quietest time of year?
Their quietest time is at the transition from one tax year to the next?!
If your VAT quarter ended in February, you have until 7th April to file your return (and send your payment) if you're doing it online.
Not so good if you like to push these things to the wire.
Work started 10pm Friday night after normal daytime service finishes and ran through to ~7pm Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the integration between systems means there's a lot of "Team A does some stuff and then waits for Team B to do some stuff before they can do their next bit" type of things.
And, of course, the desktop upgrades for something like 100,000 machines take a little bit of time to do - even with centralised management.