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‘Biggest digital self-assessment ever’

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HMRC announced this year was ‘the biggest digital self-assessment event ever’, with HMRC receiving 10.24m tax returns by midnight on 31 January 2015 – a record 85.5% of which were sent online. The busiest days for filing were 30 and 31 January, when HMRC received 980,000 returns, and the busiest hour was between 1pm and 2pm on 30 January, when almost 50,000 returns were received – 830 per minute.

The busiest hour on deadline day was between 11 am and midday, when almost 32,000 returns were received – 530 per minute. Around 4.3m customers (42%) left it until January to file their returns, which HMRC issued in April 2014. HMRC added that by the end of January, more than a million self-assessment-only customers (self-employed, with no other source of income, no employees and not VAT-registered) opted to receive electronic messages from HMRC, rather than paper communications.

HMRC’s director general of personal tax Ruth Owen, said: ‘This is another record-breaking year for self-assessment, with 210,000 more people filing their returns on time than last year.’