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Record breaking 11.1m meet tax deadline

A record number of tax payers hit the 31st January deadline this year, according to HMRC.

Of the estimated 11.7 million taxpayers required to file their 2018/19 tax returns, 11.1 million did so, up from 10.8 million in 2019.

The number filing online also soared to more than 10.4 million for the first time ever.

The peak hour for filing was between 4pm to 4:59pm when 56,969 filed, although more than 26,000 customers left it to the last minute, submitting their tax returns between 11pm and 11:59pm.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: “It’s great to see that the majority of customers have submitted and paid their tax returns before 31st January. While few people enjoy the process, it’s good to get it out the way and know you have contributed towards our vital public services. I’d like to thank everyone who filed and paid on time, but anyone yet to file or pay should contact HMRC straight away because we are here to help.”

Customers who have missed the deadline should contact HMRC. The department will treat those with genuine excuses leniently, as it focuses penalties on those who persistently fail to complete their tax returns and deliberate tax evaders. The excuse must be genuine and HMRC may ask for evidence.

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