A record-breaking number of workers filed their tax returns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Nearly 25,000 people stayed away from the end-of-year celebrations to submit their returns — the most ever, according to HM Revenue & Customs.
More than 11,400 filled in online forms on New Year’s Day — while around 600 contacted the taxman in the first hours of the New Year. Over 2,000 chose tax returns over the turkey on December 25 and 5,402 filed on Boxing Day.
Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC said:
“As we all enjoy the festive season it’s easy to see how completing your tax return can be forgotten, but the 31 January deadline will be here quicker than we think”
Our Tax Manager, David Evans gave his view:
“This is not surprising news to be honest – a number of our clients have sent us their information for their tax returns over the Christmas period.”
Last year the Government announced a counsultation on plans to scrap the automatic £100 penalty for those who miss the deadline by “a day or two”, but the fine is currently still in place.