Self Assessment facts summary:
- 11.26 million SA returns due
- 10.39 million returns were received in total
- Around 870,000 SA returns not submitted by 31st January 2016
- 10.39 million returns received by midnight on 31 January (92% of total issued)
- 9.24 million returns filed online (89%)
- 1.14 million returns filed on paper (11%)
- More than 4.45 million returns received in January 2016 (43% of total received)
- 823,000 returns received on 30 and 31 January (18% of total returns received in January)
- Busiest hour: 14:00 – 15:00 on 29 January – 50,358 returns received (839.3 per minute; 13.9 per second).
- N.B. The figures are sourced from Self Assessment management information from the Computerised Environment for Self Assessment as at 01 February 2016 for the 2014-15 tax year.
There have been calls from Accounting Bodies to push back Friday’s deadline for Self Assessment returns because nearly 2 million tax payers have not yet filed their returns.
It was reported on Your Money .Com
Chas Roy-Chowdhury, ACCA head of taxation, said: “HMRC has a common-sense decision to make. Either it can stick to the deadline and penalise all those families and self-employed people who are struggling to get to grips with the self-assessment process, or it can do the right thing and give them a lifeline by extending the deadline. Self-assessment is not easy and there are fines starting at £100 for missing the deadline even if you don’t owe any tax.
“The circumstances around this year’s deadline are different in that there will be a high number of people who will never have done self-assessment in their lives. They are going to miss the deadline not because they have been putting it off, but because they are newcomers. If reports are to be believed that 2 million have yet to meet the deadline just two days before it closes, then it is likely a lot of people will miss it.”
The reason why there are so many newcomers this year is because of changes to Child Benefit and an increase in the number of those self employed.
So should HMRC extend the deadline?