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HMRC reveals that nearly 3,000 Self Assessment tax returns were submitted on Christmas Day

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that 2,828 customers filed their Self Assessment tax return on Christmas Day, compared to 2,700 in 2020.

In total, more than 31,000 customers submitted their 2020/21 tax return between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day – getting it in early ahead of the deadline on January 31, 2022.

The highest number of returns – 19,802 – were filed on Christmas Eve, with nearly 3,000 of those received between 11am and 11.59am.

UK HMRC self assessment income tax return form 2020
UK HMRC self assessment income tax return form 2020

On Christmas Day, the peak time for filing was noon to 12.59pm, when 227 of the 2,828 returns completed on that day were received.

A further 8,641 tax returns were filed on Boxing Day.

HMRC’s director general for customer services Myrtle Lloyd said: “Filling in a tax return won’t have been on many people’s to-do lists for Christmas, but please don’t leave it until the end of January either. We have videos, guidance and helpsheets to support you – just search ‘Self Assessment’ on GOV.UK to find out more.”

HMRC has created resources to help customers complete their tax return including a playlist on YouTube, webinars and helpsheets and guidance available on GOV.UK.

Any Self Assessment customers who may feel worried or anxious about paying any tax owed by the deadline can set up their own Time to Pay arrangement online if they have filed their 2020/21 tax return, owe less than £30,000, are within 60 days of the payment deadline and plan to pay their debt off within the next 12 months or less.

If customers owe more than £30,000, or need longer to pay, they should call the Self Assessment Payment Helpline on 0300 200 3822.

HMRC urges everyone to be alert if they are contacted out of the blue by someone asking for money or personal information. Customers should always type in the full online address www.gov.uk/hmrc to get the correct link for filing their Self Assessment return online securely and free of charge.

HMRC sees high numbers of fraudsters emailing, calling or texting people claiming to be from the department. If in doubt, HMRC advises not to reply directly to anything suspicious, but to contact them straight away and to search GOV.UK for ‘HMRC scams’.


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