Thousands file tax returns on Christmas Day 

More than 22,000 taxpayers went online over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day to complete their Self-Assessment tax return. 

As millions enjoyed Christmas festivities this year, 3,275 people filed their tax returns on Christmas Day alone, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 

A total of 22,060 went online to submit their form over the three-day period. 

HMRC is urging taxpayers to submit their returns on time (the deadline for the 2021 to 2022 tax year is 31 January 2023), or they may face a penalty. 

The breakdown of figures for those who filed during the festive period are: 

  • 8,474 tax returns were filed on Christmas Eve 
  • 3,275 tax returns were filed on Christmas Day 
  • On Boxing Day, 10,311 tax returns were filed 

HMRC charges for late filing include: 

  • One day: £100 penalty 
  • Three months: A penalty of £10 a day may be charged, for a maximum of 90 days (£900) 
  • Six months: You may have to pay a further penalty of five per cent of the tax you owe or £300, whichever is greater 
  • 12 months: A further penalty of five per cent of the tax you owe may be charged, or £300, whichever is greater. In addition, you may have to pay up to 100 per cent of the tax you owe

If taxpayers owe anything after completing their tax return, they can find out about the different ways to pay

HMRC is also warning taxpayers to be aware of falling victim to Self-Assessment scams. Advice can be found at GOV.UK or speak to our team if you are unsure of any communications relating to your tax return. 

Need advice on Self-Assessment or other tax matters? Contact us today. 

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