HMRC is working on an in year update of self assessment software to remove some of the online filing exclusions for 2016/17. The fix is expected to be put in place in October, although a specific date is not yet available.
One exclusion, which will not be fixed by this forthcoming update, is number 60. This states that a taxpayer who is required to complete a capital gains page will not be able to do so online if the net gain/loss is nil.
HMRC is now endorsing the following workaround to allow such returns to be filed online:
Where there is no overall gain or loss to enter in
If this workaround is followed, no additional tax will be due as this figure will be regarded as zero in the tax calculation. Software developers have also been notified of this workaround.