HMRC has reported a significant increase in the number of online tax returns filed over a three day Christmas period. According to them they received a total of 23,059 online returns this year which is 12% higher in comparison to last year’s total of 20,563.
Christmas Eve saw 17,000 people collating their financial information and sending in a tax return which is a massive 19% increase on the 14,330 returns received on December 24, 2012.
HMRC confirmed that a total of 1,566 people found time on Christmas Day to submit their online tax return which is 1% up from the 1,548 people who filed online on December 25 last year. Surprisingly, the busiest filing hour on Christmas Day was from 12 noon to 1 PM with 144 people hitting the send button on their completed return.
Unlike the other days, Boxing Day saw a decline in the number of year-on-year tax return submissions - only 4,493 people sent in their tax return against 4,685 in 2012.