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HMRC says 6.9m forms filed by 31 January deadline

Figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) show record numbers of people submitted online self-assessment tax returns this year.

A total of 6,907,410 people filed online by the 31 January deadline – around 78% of all returns submitted. This represents an increase of just over 7% on the 2010 total of about 6.4m.

On the busiest day for online returns, which was 31 January, HMRC received a record 572,455 online returns, with the hour between 4pm and 5pm on deadline day seeing 49,367 returns sent in.

Online self-assessment filing even continued over the Christmas holidays, with 845 people filing their returns online on Christmas Day, 2,408 on Boxing Day, 16,230 on New Year’s Eve, and 5,130 on New Year’s Day.

HMRC records shows that 96 people put New Year’s resolutions to get their tax in order to immediate effect and filed their return between 11pm and midnight on 31 December 2010.

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