Self Assessment tax returns in numbers

As the 2016/2017 tax year kicks off, we look back at a few interesting facts and figures from the last tax season.

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HMRC collected a record-breaking £163,109 million in income tax in the 2014/2015 tax year from 11.25 million taxpayers.

1.14 million taxpayers chose to submit their returns by the tried and trusted paper-in-the-post method. The remaining 9.24 million submissions were made via HMRC’s online portal.

As usual, there was a last minute rush for filing returns; the busiest submission period was between 14:00 and 15:00 on the Friday preceding the deadline. Just over 50,000 tax returns were pushed through during that hour. Unfortunately, 870,000 taxpayers missed the 31 January deadline and were issued with an automatic £100 fine – earning HMRC an additional £87,000,000 in first-stage penalties.

Although the filing rush occurs every year, 57% of taxpayers in the 2014/2015 tax season gave themselves peace of mind and filed their return with at least a month before the deadline.

HMRC used its new sophisticated software to examine 3.4 million repayment claims. This resulted in the rejection of 17,000 claims, saving the Treasury £96 million.

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