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This year, HMRC received 10.24 million tax returns by the January 31st deadline, where online submissions hit its peak of 85.5%.

It was revealed that roughly 4.3 million left completing their tax returns until January, and HMRC’s busiest days were 30th & 31st January, where a total of 980,000 were received. 50,000 of these were submitted between 1pm and 2pm on 30th January.

Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General of Personal Tax said:

“This is another record-breaking year for Self-Assessment, with 210,000 more people filing their returns on time than last year.

“We’re grateful to the overwhelming majority of people who sent their returns on time. If you’re one of the minority who missed the deadline, you still need to get your tax return to us as soon as possible to avoid further penalties and interest mounting up.”

A £100 fine is automatically issued for missing the deadline, and there are added late-filing penalties for over 3, 6 and 12 months. Those individuals with genuine reasons for not submitting their return need to contact HMRC as soon as possible.