HMRC: Record 11 million file Self-Assessment tax return before 31 January deadline

According to the latest data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a record 11.1 million taxpayers filed their tax returns before the deadline on 31 January.

Approximately 11.7 million people were required to file their tax returns for the 2018/19 tax year by the deadline. The number of people filing their returns online rose to 10.4 million, while 700,000 people elected to submit their self-assessment tax return on 31 January.

HMRC had expected 10.7 million returns to be filed, but the 360,000 unsolicited returns and late registrations meant that the total number of filings rose to a total of 11.1 million.

However, according to official HMRC figures, there are still more than 900,000 taxpayers who have not yet submitted their tax return.

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 31 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.”

HMRC is advising anyone who has missed the deadline to contact them as soon as possible, with genuine excuses treated leniently.

For help and advice on matters relating to self-assessment and tax planning, contact our expert team today.

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Simon Denton

Simon Denton

Tax Partner
Simon Denton is a tax practitioner, experienced in corporation tax, business and capital taxes. After training as a general practice accountant with a small firm in Exeter, Simon specialised in tax with Coopers and Lybrand in 1996.