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Self Assessment statistics

According to HMRC a record 9.45 million self assessment tax returns were filed on time this year and a record 7.65 million (80.9% of them) were filed online.

Although the 31 January 2012 deadline was unchanged, HMRC announced that no penalties would be issued for online returns received by midnight on 2 February, due to industrial action at HMRC contact centres.

The busiest day for online returns was 31 January, when HMRC received nearly 445,000 returns. Apparently the 'rush hour' occurred between 4pm and 5pm on 31 January, when 37,460 returns (more than one every 6 seconds) were received by HMRC.

David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said:

'I'm delighted so many people filed their tax returns online this year. The record number proves that it's quick, easy and secure to do.'

'HMRC have always been clear that they want returns not penalties, so it is good news that over 90% of all returns were submitted on time.'

If you have not yet completed your self assessment tax return and would like some help please do get in touch.

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