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.
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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|
|New Year's Eve||16,230|
|New Year's Day||5,130|
|Between 11pm and midnight on New Year's Eve||96|