Record number of Britons filed tax returns on Christmas Day

While most families spent the holidays feasting and visiting relatives and friends, others apparently decided that Christmas was the season to catch up with the administration, with 22,000 Britons filing self-assessed tax returns during the Yuletide break this year.

The latest figures from HMRC indicate that on Christmas Day, 3,275 people took a break from eating Mrs Pies and watching Mrs Brown Boys special to reveal their latest earnings.

This number is up to 2021, when there were 2,828 returnees, and to 2020, when there were 2,700.

On 25 December the large crowd was at lunchtime, between noon and 12.59 p.m. 319 returns were received during this window, a time when most of us are preparing to chow down on a plate of turkey and sprouts.

Overall, a total of 22,060 people went online to submit their forms for the 2021-22 tax year between December 24 and 26.

HMRC said 141 chose to file between 11pm and 11.59pm on Christmas Eve, perhaps helping them enjoy the festive celebrations as their tax returns were safe in the hands of a government department.

The deadline for filing and paying any tax owed for the 2021-22 tax year is 31 January 2023, and HMRC is urging customers to lodge their tax returns on time or face penalties , which may include an initial £100 fine if there is no tax to pay.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “We are grateful to those customers who have already lodged their tax returns.

“For anyone who has yet to start, there is help available on gov.uk. Just search ‘self assessment’ to know more.’

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People who are unable to pay their tax bill in full can get support and advice on gov.uk.

HMRC may be able to help by arranging an affordable payment scheme, known as “time to pay”.

People should also be aware of the risk of falling prey to scams – as criminals often send bogus emails and texts to coincide with the tax deadline.


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