Festive fun?

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: “Whether you fit it in while cooking the Christmas turkey, once 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.”

Some 204 taxpayers filed their return between midnight and 8am on Christmas Day; 348 people did so in the same time slot on Boxing day.

More than 11 million taxpayers are expected to complete a 2017/18 self assessment tax return form by 31 January 2019.

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