Record breaking year for self-assessment

05 February 2014

The previous year’s record for the greatest number of online returns was also broken as of the 10.74 million returns made, 8.48 million were sent online.

If you were one of the 569,847 customers who chose to submit their 2012-13 tax return on the 31st January – you might want to take a note for next year, that the busiest time occurred between 4 and 5pm and you wouldn’t have been alone if you left it until the 11th hour as 21,027 people left the filing of their online return until the hours of 11pm until midnight on deadline day.

In a determined, and it would appear largely successful, attempt to encourage timely submissions this year, HMRC had previously published the top ten bizarre reasons for customers filing tax returns late:

The following bizarre, exotic and flimsy excuses have all been used by tardy taxpayers:

1. My pet goldfish died (self-employed builder)

2. I had a run-in with a cow (Midlands farmer)

3. After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else (London woman)

4. My wife won’t give me my mail (self-employed trader)

5. My husband told me the deadline was 31 March, and I believed him (Leicester hairdresser)

6. I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play (Coventry writer)

7. My bad back means I can’t go upstairs. That’s where my tax return is (a working taxi driver)

8. I’ve been cruising round the world in my yacht, and only picking up post when I’m on dry land (South East man)

9. Our business doesn’t really do anything (Kent financial services firm)

10. I’ve been too busy submitting my clients’ tax returns (London accountant)