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Revenue Scotland to upgrade tax portal in July

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Revenue Scotland is undertaking a programme of work in July to upgrade its online tax portal, the Scottish electronic tax system (SETS), which will affect filing of LBTT and SLfT tax returns. It expects to switch off the old system at 4pm on Thursday 18 July. Checks and testing will take place over the weekend and early part of week beginning 22 July. The new system is expected to go live at midday on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Taxpayers and agents should avoid submitting returns during the downtime period. If this is not possible, paper returns can be submitted. New paper return forms for both LBTT and SLfT will be available from the Revenue Scotland website from 18 July. Paper returns must be submitted with a cheque to cover payment of any tax due, as BACS is not available for paper returns.

From Friday 19 July, paper returns for LBTT must be sent to Revenue Scotland instead of Registers of Scotland. Any forms sent to Registers of Scotland after this date could face a delay in processing.

Revenue Scotland says the new system will have a different look and feel from the current SETS. It will include postcode validation and address lookup, as well as real time updates to account balances. Current SETS users will be able to access the new system using their current username but will be required to set up a new password.

Enquiries about the changes may be emailed to See

Issue: 1447
Categories: News