More than 11.5 million tax payers were required to file their tax returns by 11.59pm on 31st January, with a total of 93.68% completed before the deadline date.
More than 700,000 returns were submitted on deadline day, with the peak hour for filing between 4pm and 5pm when 60,000 filed. The number of taxpayers who filed online reached more than 10 million for the first time.
Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, commented, “It is great to see so many people completing their self assessment by the deadline. Their income tax contributions have helped towards funding the UK’s vital public services including hospitals, schools and the emergency services.”
Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, added, “Thank you to everyone who filed on time. This year, we had a record numbers of filers completing their tax returns by the deadline. And for any customers who are yet to file their returns, please contact HMRC – we are here to help.”
HMRC reminds those who have missed the deadline date to contact them as soon as possible. The department will treat those with genuine excuses leniently, as it focuses penalties on those who persistently fail to complete their tax returns and deliberate tax evaders. The excuse must be genuine and HMRC may ask for evidence.
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