6.9m file self assessment tax online

A RECORD 6.9 million people filed their self assessment forms online before the 31 January deadline this year, HM Revenue & Customs figures have revealed.

This represented around 78% of all submissions – an increase of more than 7% on the 2010 total of 6.4m.

The website received a record 572,000 submissions on deadline day, 49,000 of which were filed between 4pm and 5pm.

HMRC said that anyone who hasn’t yet filed their 2009/2010 tax should send them as soon as possible, as well as any outstanding tax due for the 2009/10 tax year. Help is available from the HMRC website at

“We are delighted that a record number of people chose to file their tax returns online this year. HMRC’s self-assessment online system worked extremely well in the run up to the midnight deadline, processing over 572,000 returns in the last day, and over 19,500 in the final hour.”

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