HMRC reports 78% of tax returns filed online


HMRC reports 78% of tax returns filed online

Jenny Williams

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has reported 6.9 million people filed their self-assessment tax returns online this year.

The government department said around 78% of all returns submitted were filed online by the 31 January deadline, an increase of 7% from 2010.

On the busiest day so far for online returns, 31 January, HMRC received a record 572,455 online self-assessment returns. A rush occurred between 4pm and 5pm, when 49,367 returns were filed online. More than 800 returns were filed on Christmas day. Three government agencies, including HMRC, were recently criticised over a data sharing mistake that led to the wrongful disclosure of a woman's personal and financial information.

Number of self-assessment tax returns filed online

Day of the year Number of self-assessment tax returns filed online
Before the 31 January 2011 deadline 6,907,410
On deadline day of 31 January 2011 572,455
Hour before 5pm deadline on 31 January 2011 49,367
Christmas day 845
Boxing day 2,408
New Year's Eve 16,230
New Year's Day 5,130
Between 11pm and midnight on New Year's Eve 96

Source: HMRC

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