Record Christmas Day self assessment filings

Figures released by HMRC showed that 2,616 taxpayers filed their self assessment returns on Christmas Day, continuing a trend that sees a yearly increase in the number of business owners working through the holiday

According to the data, the peak filing hour was 1-2pm, during which 231 tax returns were filed. The number filed between 8am and 4pm (1,372) was greater than that filed between 4pm and midnight (1,040).

Additionally, a total of 8,465 returns were filed in 26 December, with 53% (4,492) filed between 8am and 4pm.

Angela MacDonald, the director general for customer services at HMRC, said: ‘This year, more than 2,600 taxpayers chose to file their returns on Christmas Day.

‘Whether you fit it in while cooking the Christmas turkey, once the kids have gone to bed, or after the Queen’s speech; our online service is available for you to file your tax return, at a time that suits you.’

In 2017, 2,590 business owners filed their tax returns on Christmas day, a 33% increase on the 1,944 who did so in 2016. The number who have done so has increased every year since 2014.

More than 11m taxpayers are expected to complete a 2017/18 self assessment tax return form by 31 January 2019. In January 2018 HMRC revealed that a total of 18,825 were filed on New Year’s Eve, with 205 submitted in the hour before midnight.

The deadline for self assessment returns is 31 January 2019.

Report by James Bunney


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