Over 31,000 self-assessments filed over festive period

Over 31,000 individuals submitted their 2020/21 tax return between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, HMRC has said.

That includes 2,828 people who submitted their tax return on Christmas Day, the peak time for filing being 12:00 to 12:59, when HMRC received 227 returns.

An additional 19,802 individuals completed their self-assessment on Christmas Eve, while 8,641 did theirs on Boxing Day.

Myrtle Lloyd, director general for customer services at HMRC, 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."

The deadline for filing a self-assessment tax return for the 2020/21 tax year is 31 January 2021, which is also when the tax is due.

A potential penalty of £100 applies for submissions and payments beyond the deadline.

Customers can set up a ‘time to pay' arrangement if they are struggling to pay their tax before the deadline if they have filed their 2020/21 tax return, owe less than £30,000 and plan to pay off their debt within the next 12 months.

Talk to us for assistance with your self-assessment tax return.