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HMRC reveals over 3,000 self assessment returns filed on Christmas

Completing a tax return may not be on the top of your to-do list on Christmas Day, but that didn’t stop 3,003 taxpayers from filing their self assessment returns on 25 December.

HMRC reveals over 3,000 self assessment returns filed on Christmas
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  • Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
  • January 02, 2020
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For some HMRC customers, doing their tax return on Christmas Day is as traditional as enjoying the festivities with family and friends, or grabbing a bargain in the Boxing Day sales. This year, the tax office revealed the peak time for taxes was between 12:00 and 12:59, when more than 245 customers filed.

"Whether you squeezed it in before tucking into a Christmas pudding, after the Queen’s Speech, or trying to grab a bargain during the festive sales, our online service is available for you to file your tax return at any time you wish," said Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s director general for customer services.

More than 11 million customers are expected to complete a 2018-19 self assessment tax return form by 31 January 2020.

The number of tax returns filed during the festive period were:

25 December (total 3,003)

  • 00:00 to 08:00 – 248
  • 08:01 to 16:00  1,458
  • 16:01 to 00:00  1,297

26 December (total 9,254)

  • 00:00 to 08:00  380
  • 08:01 to 16:00  5,115
  • 16:01 to 00:00 – 3,759

The HMRC has urged customers who are yet to start their 2018-19 self assessment to seek guidance on the tax office's website or on GOV.UK, social media, and the self assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.

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