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Tax and turkey: 3,275 people filed returns to HMRC on Christmas Day

More than 22,000 people submitted their tax returns between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Some 3,275 people chose Christmas Day to file their self-assessment tax return.

The peak time for filing on Christmas Day was at lunchtime, between 12 noon and 12.59pm, with 319 returns received while some people were tucking into their turkey and sprouts.

A total of 22,060 people went online to submit their form for the 2021/22 tax year between December 24 and 26.

HMRC added that 141 opted to file between 11pm and 11.59pm on Christmas Eve, perhaps helping them to enjoy the celebrations knowing their tax return was complete.

The deadline to file and pay any tax owed for the 2021/22 tax year is January 31 2023, and HMRC is urging customers to submit their tax return on time or they may face a penalty, which could include an initial £100 fine even if there is no tax to pay.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s director general for customer services, said: “We are grateful to those customers who have already filed their tax returns.

“For anyone who is yet to make a start, help is available on gov.uk, just search ‘self assessment’ to find out more.”

Those who are unable to pay their tax bill in full can access support and advice on gov.uk.

HMRC may be able to help by arranging an affordable payment plan, known as time to pay.

People should also be aware of the risk of falling victim to scams – as criminals will often send out bogus emails and texts to coincide with tax deadlines.