Record-breaking numbers submit tax return on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve
A record-breaking number of people submitted their tax return on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve in 2015, according to new data from HMRC.
A total of 24,546 people spent the last day of 2015 completing their Self Assessment, while more than 600 people undertook the task between midnight and 10am on New Year’s Day. HMRC said this is a 2.8% rise on the 2014 figure.
A further 2,044 people submitted their tax return on Christmas Day – an increase of 13% on the previous year.
HMRC said 5,402 ignored the High Street sales to do their Self Assessment on Boxing Day.
Ruth Owen, HMRC Director General of Personal Tax, reminded customers that the deadline for submitting tax returns for 2014-2015 and paying any tax owed is 31 January 2016.
She said: “Our advice is don’t leave it until it’s too late. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time and remember our online service is available with helpful advice and handy tips any time of the year, whether that’s on Christmas Day, or even New Year’s Eve.”