Two days’ downtime for online self-assessment submissions

ACCESS TO HMRC’s website will be limited during the start and end of the tax years.

Online submission of self-assessment returns will be suspended from 7am on 4 April and to 7am on 6 April, with people left to use the telephone service.

Tax filings will still be available during the period, but receipts will not be issued until the routine maintenance has ended.

“The planned system downtime is part of our normal business operation and happens twice a year in April and October,” said an HMRC spokesman.

“It’s necessary to allow us to implement changes to our information technology (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.”

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