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Huge Increase In Tax Returns Submitted On Christmas Day

HMRC reveals that 4,757 customers submitted their self assessment tax return on Christmas Day 2023, a 45% increase compared to the same date in 2022.

A day traditionally dominated by eating, drinking, and exchanging gifts saw a perhaps surprising number of customers also find time to go online and complete the essential job of filing their tax return for the 2022 to 2023 tax year, ahead of the 31 January 2024 deadline.

Over the three-day festive period, 25,769 customers submitted their tax return, an increase compared to the same period last year, with 8,876 filing on Christmas Eve and 12,136 on Boxing Day. The peak time was between 12:00 and 12:59 on Boxing Day, when 1,121 returns were received by HMRC.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

Our Christmas Day filers proved that there is no time like the present to get started on Self Assessment, and with our online tool it can be a simple task that’s easy to fit around other festive commitments. There’s no need to delay, getting it done ahead of the 31 January deadline means less stress and longer to work out payment options. Get started today by searching ‘Self Assessment’ on GOV.UK.

Customers can submit their tax return online, but they do not have to pay until 31 January 2024.

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