93% + of taxpayers filed their tax returns on time

A total of 93.68% of Self Assessment tax returns – a new record – were completed by yesterday’s midnight deadline, HMRC reveals today.

More than 11.5 million taxpayers were required to file their 2017/18 tax returns by 11.59pm on 31 January. The majority filed on time, but 700,000 customers missed the deadline.

More than 700,000 returns were submitted on deadline day, with the peak hour for filing between 4 pm and 5 pm when 60,000 filed. The number of taxpayers who filed online reached more than 10 million for the first time.

Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:

It is great to see so many people completing their Self Assessment by the deadline. Their income tax contributions have helped towards funding the UK’s vital public services including hospitals, schools and the emergency services.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:

Thank you to everyone who filed on time. This year, we had a record numbers of filers completing their tax returns by the deadline. And for any customers who are yet to file their returns, please contact HMRC – we are here to help.

Any taxpayer who has missed the deadline should contact HMRC. The department will treat those with genuine excuses leniently, as it focuses on penalties for those who persistently fail to complete their tax returns and deliberate tax evaders. The excuse must be genuine and HMRC may ask for evidence.

Last month, HMRC revealed the top five weird excuses and outlandish expenses, all of which were rejected. These taxpayers were required to pay a £100 penalty in addition to any tax owed.

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