The majority of taxpayers met the HMRC self assessment deadline as 10.39 million self assessment tax returns were filed by the 31 January deadline, 150,000 more than last year but 8% of taxpayers missed the deadline and will face a £100 penalty
HMRC stats show that 89% - 9.24 million of taxpayers – opted to use HMRC’s online self assessment service to compute and pay their tax. Of the total 11.26m SA returns due, 10,39m were received.
Taxpayers filed right up to the deadline – more than 385,000 completed their returns on Sunday, the final cut-off point, while the busiest day was Friday, 29 January, when over 513,271 were completed, at a rate of 21,386 per hour.
The busiest time was between 14:00 – 15:00, with 50,358 customers clicking submit.
HMRC said that in the course of the process – with its high-tech technology systems – it successfully checked 3.4 million returns and intercepted more than £96m in fraudulent or incorrect repayment claims.
This has been helped with the use of HMRC's sophisticated Connect system which identifies fraudulent patterns and potential signs of tax evasion.
Jennie Granger, director general for enforcement and compliance said: ‘Our success in using cutting-edge technology to sift and sort through millions of pieces of data is stopping fraudulent repayments in their tracks.
‘Our highly skilled tax specialists are experts at reacting quickly to identify suspicious activity, protecting tax revenues that fund essential public services.’