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Record number of taxpayers file returns on Christmas Day

Self assessment

HMRC data shows that 3,275 people filed their self-assessment tax returns on Christmas Day 2022. This marks a record, with the number of people submitting their tax figures on December 25 up 15% on the 2,828 returns recorded on the same date in 2021 and the 2,700 logged in 2020.

The peak point came at lunchtime, with 319 returns received between midday and 12.59pm.

HMRC also revealed that 141 people chose to file their returns between 11pm and 11.59pm on Christmas Eve.

Overall, a total of 22,060 people went online to submit their form for the 2021/22 tax year between 24 and 26 December.

The number of returns registered between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day was down 30% compared to last year.

Sources: The Daily Telegraph The Guardian The Independent

Self-assessment deadline 2021/2022

Remember to file your tax return for tax year 2021/22 by 31st January 2023, but don’t leave it until the last minute to prepare or submit it! If you were hoping to send a paper return, you’ve missed the October 2022 deadline, so will need to complete it online.

Who needs to file a UK tax return?

You will be asked by HMRC to complete a self assessment tax return if you:

  • Have any sources of untaxed income eg landlords
  • Are a higher rate tax payer with further tax to pay
  • Have sold an asset (including property or crypto assets) and may be liable to Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
  • Are self-employed or a company director

HMRC may already have contacted you about your self-assessment, but did you know that you can choose to send your own tax return? You may wish to do this if you believe that you are owed a tax refund and would like it sooner rather than later.

Who can advise me on my tax return?

You can file it yourself, but if it’s complicated or you need a little more support, UHY Ross Brooke can undertake as much or as little as you require. Get in touch with our friendly team or find out more about how we can help.

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