Rise in number of people submitting tax returns on Christmas Day

31st December 2012

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that 1,548 people completed their online tax return on Christmas Day - a 40 per cent increase on last year.

Indeed, as many tucked into their dinner or fell asleep on the sofa, more than a thousand people were ensuring they submitted their 2011-12 Self Assessment tax return.

Furthermore, 4,685 filed their return on Boxing Day - a 33 per cent rise on December 26th 2011 - suggesting that more people are ensuring they pay their tax ahead of the January 31st deadline.

To help remind people, HMRC has launched a new advertising campaign through television, print and radio.

In it, the department urges people to find their "inner peace" and ensure they file their 2011-12 return on time to avoid any penalties.

Those who do miss the January 31st deadline will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty irrespective of whether any tax is due, with further penalties issued after three, six and 12 months.

Posted by Thomas Fletcher

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