More than two million self-assessment online tax returns have been filed,
beating last year’s figure with a week still to go to the deadline.
About 2.1 million self-assessment returns have been received online by
HMRC up to 21 January. The taxman had
predicted a 30% increase in online filing this year, however, some have
predicted even higher figures.
So far the total represents a 40% increase in last year’s figure at the same
ICAEW deputy chairman Paul Aplin said that
people used the internet for most aspects of their lives, and this was reflected
in the growing popularity of online filing.
Aplin also said that HMRC’s systems had performed well in online
self-assessment filing last year, and other barriers to online filing – such as
the inability to create attachments to send further information – had been
‘The overall feeling is that – touch wood – they’ve built in capacity, and it
seems more robust,’ he said.
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