3,000 taxpayers file Self Assessment on Christmas day

More than 3,000 Self Assessment returns were filed on Christmas day, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed.

The figures come shortly before the annual tax return deadline later this month.

According to the report, 3,003 out of a total 11 million taxpayers opted out of festivities in favour of filing their tax return on 25 December.

Meanwhile, 22,035 taxpayers completed their tax return on the eve of Christmas, while 9,254 waited until Boxing Day to file their return.

Commenting on the figures, Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “Whether you squeezed it in before tucking into a Christmas pudding, after the Queen’s Speech, or trying to grab a bargain during the festive sales, our online service is available for you to file your tax return at any time you wish.”

If last year’s figures are anything to go by, more than 5.5 million taxpayers are expected to leave the filing of their tax return until the very last week, potentially risking fines and errors.

According to recent statistics, some 300,000 taxpayers accepted a £100 automatic penalty last year for filing a late return – even if it was just one minute over the deadline.

Meanwhile, a further 758,000 customers narrowly missed a fine, filing their return on the evening of 31 January.

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