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Half a million tax returns filed on 31 January

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Almost seven million people filed their self assessment tax returns online this year, and a record 572,455 online returns were filed on 31 January. More than 49,000 of those returns were filed between 4pm and 5pm.

‘A total of 6,907,410 people filed online by the 31 January deadline – around 78% of all returns submitted. This represents an increase of just over 7% on the 2010 total, when around 6.4m people filed online by 31 January,’ HMRC said.

HMRC also revealed that 845 people filed their return online on Christmas Day; 2,408 on Boxing Day; 16,230 on New Year’s Eve (96 between 11pm and midnight); and 5,130 on New Year’s Day.