With the self-assessment deadline date fast approaching, there are still around 5,542,000 taxpayers who need to complete their tax returns before the 31 January 2019 deadline.
As of 31st December 2018, about 52% of taxpayers have already filed their returns, with more than five million having completed them online (88% of the total returns filed).
Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said, “It is encouraging that around 52% of taxpayers have already completed their Self Assessment tax returns. With less than one month to go before the deadline, there are still many people that need to act now.
“HMRC is encouraging all Self Assessment filers to complete their returns by 31 January and is offering support every step of the way.”
Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, added, “The Self Assessment deadline on 31 January is fast approaching, but there is still time for customers to file their tax returns online and on time to avoid any unnecessary penalties.
“If you are completing Self Assessment for the first time or are yet to start your 2017 to 2018 tax return, there is a wide range of support and guidance available on GOV.UK to help at every stage of the tax return process.”