HMRC reports New Year’s Eve tax return surge

istock_stocknshares
Share this content

Thousands of people celebrated New Year’s Eve by easing their tax return burden. HMRC reported 24,546 people spent the final hours of 2015 submitting their self assessment tax return online.  

A further 11,467 people ticked submitting their tax return off their New Year’s resolutions the next day. This represents a 2.8% increase in submissions compared to last year. This trend was reflected across the Christmas period. 2,044 people broke away from the Christmas Day festivities to submit their tax return, which represented a 13% increase.

This Christmas promptness spilled over to Boxing Day with 5,402 people shunning the sales and completing their tax returns instead.

HMRC’s tax return stats coincide with the increased traffic AccountingWEB experienced during the closing days of 2015, peaking with more than 15,000 users visiting the site on 30 December. Accountants even pondered on Christmas morning how many tax returns would be submitted. Tom123 overstated in his Christmas Day submissions prediction, guessing 5,000.

A comparison to Scrooge came quick, but Manchester_Man described how filing over the Christmas break could be relaxing: “Came back from my favourite canary island yesterday where i completed a return sat outside the pool on my phone, in the gorgeous blazing heat. It was the most pleasurable tax return I have ever completed.” However, Manchester_Man later conceded that his Christmas Day would include filing returns.  

Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC, said: “As we all enjoy the festive season it’s easy to see how completing your tax return can be forgotten, but the 31 January deadline will be here quicker than we think.

“Our advice is don’t leave it until it’s too late. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time and remember our online service is available with helpful advice and handy tips any time of the year, whether that’s on Christmas Day, or even New Year’s Eve.”

Are you knee-deep in tax returns or have you dealt with your self assessment submissions early? 

About Richard Hattersley

Richard is AccountingWEB's practice correspondent. If you have any comments or suggestions for us get in touch.

Replies

Please login or register to join the discussion.

05th Jan 2016 18:19

I've sent an email to clients...

those whose returns I still have to submit and those who havent got round to letting me have their stuff.

We keep having powercuts down here in sticks so I emailed and told them that my deadline for submission is Thursday 28th Jan.

31 Jan 16 is a Sunday and I dont want to be having a nervous breakdown submitting on the final weekend only to find that I cant because of a powercut.

Thanks (0)
avatar
06th Jan 2016 12:51

a surge?

no  figures given for last new years eve?

Thanks (0)
avatar
By Beal87
23rd Apr 2017 12:02

It will certainly end up being impressive attributes mobdro for pc This incredible app allows you could view TV shows.

Thanks (0)
avatar
06th Jun 2017 12:07

Read through the short, yet specific description below musicallylogin.co popularity graphes or be "featured" in a special section on the application.

Thanks (0)
avatar
16th Aug 2017 14:07

It will certainly end up being impressive attributes
Hotmail.com

Thanks (0)
avatar
26th Aug 2017 07:45

A whole lot a lot more for Pc customers. playstoreguide default as it is the main resource to download.

Thanks (0)
avatar
By Gold57
13th Oct 2017 11:03

PIE mode. Bear in mind, though, that it just kingrootapkdownloads and install kingroot Chinese most current.

Thanks (0)
avatar
22nd Dec 2017 05:35

the airflow of the smoker making it extra reliable. smokerify as well as including water to keep the meat moist.

Thanks (0)
avatar
30th Dec 2017 09:34

We are gleeful to inform you that here it is permanently delete browsing history website which can help you in any manner of you are facing any type of hurdle while deleting browsing history.

Thanks (0)