While many of us were eating, drinking and making merry over Christmas and New Year, thousands of people went online and completed their end-of-year tax returns!
You may think it an unusual way to spend the festive season, but for some uber-efficient or just plain worried souls, it was the pathway to inner contentment.
HM Revenue and Customs has revealed that a record-breaking 24,546 people submitted their tax return online on New Year’s Eve – a 2.8% rise on last year’s figures.
Another 11,467 people sent off their Self Assessment tax return on New Year’s Day 2016 itself, with more than 600 people submitting their totals before 10am.
The number of HMRC customers completing their tax return on Christmas Day broke records at 2,044 – an increase of 13% on 25 December 2014.
And on Boxing Day, 5,402 shunned the sales and instead completed their Self Assessment online.
Ruth Owen, Director General of Personal Tax, HMRC, said, “As we all enjoy the festive season it’s easy to see how completing your tax return can be forgotten, but the deadline will be here quicker than we think.
“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.”
The deadline for sending 2014-15 tax returns to HMRC, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2016. If you are completing your 2014-15 Self Assessment return online for the first time, you will need to register for SA Online. Registering for online filing is simple – you can do it online at www.gov.uk/register-for-self-assessment.
Help is available from the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/self-assessment-tax-returns or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.