Turkey dinner and tax returns: How many self assessment forms were filed on Christmas Day?

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Completing your tax return may not be top of your priorities on Christmas Day, but that didn’t stop 2,616 taxpayers from filing their Self Assessment returns on 25 December.

For some taxpayers completing their return on Christmas Day is as traditional as spending time with family and friends, or waiting for the Boxing Day sales to start. The peak time was between 1pm and 2pm, when more than 230 customers filed.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “This year, more than 2,600 taxpayers chose to file their returns on Christmas Day. Whether you fit it in while cooking the Christmas turkey, or after the kids have gone to bed, or after the Queen’s Speech, our online service is available for you to file your tax return at a time that suits you.”

More than 11 million taxpayers are expected to complete a 2017 to 2018 Self Assessment tax return form by 31 January 2019.

The number of tax returns filed during this period were

25 December (total 2,616)

  • midnight to 08.00: 204
  • 08.01 to 16.00: 1,372
  • 16.01 to midnight: 1,040

26 December (total 8,465)

  • midnight to 08.00: 348
  • 08.01 to 16.00: 4492
  • 16.01 to midnight: 3,625

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