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HMRC have collated statistics on tax returners for their 2014-2015 and found that overall, the UK submitted only 230 late returns for every 10,000 in 2014-15. However, they’ve also announced who are their tax return heroes – and who needs to do the late returners’ walk of shame!

Battle of the Sexes and the Generation Gap

In the battle of the sexes, for the second year running men narrowly beat women, submitting 232 of every 10,000 late tax returns while women sub mitted 235 of every 10,000.

A staggering 833 of every 10,000 tax returns sent in by 18-20 year olds was overdue, but figures improve sharply when we move up to 21-30 year olds, with just 492 of every 10,000 of their returns filed late. Figures then improve steadily as age increases, with the generational winners’ trophy going to those over 65. Only 104 out of every 10,000 returns submitted by this generation was overdue.

Capital Customers Lose the Regional Competition

Customers in Northern Ireland were heralded again as the list headliners, submitting only 178 late returns for every 10,000. followed by Wales (205). England and Scotland tied for last place, both submitting 233 of every 10,000 returns late.

When assessing the timely tax returning capability of customers in the England region by region, HMRC divided the nation into nine districts.

Customers in the capital again found themselves in shameful last place, with submitting a sinful 310 late submissions for every 10,000. North East and North West regions also lurked near the bottom on 267 and 238 respectively.

The top 3 regions holding their head up high were East of England, the West Midlands and in first place the South West – the only region to submit less than 200 overdue returns for every 10,000, submitting just 184 per 10,000 returns late.

Sector Sinners

HMRC also assembled data on late returns by sector. Their tax return heroes were once again those customers working in Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry, who submitted just 62 overdue returns in every 10,000, followed – as they had been in the previous year – by Lawyers and Accountants (106 late returns per 10,000) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (156 per 10,000).

In last place once again were Administrative and Support Services (296 per 10,000), behind Other Industries (260 per 10,000), and Information and Communication (250 per 10,000).

Ruth Owen, HMRC Director General of Customer Service, said:

“It’s very encouraging to see that in every aspect of our analysis we saw huge reductions in the number of tax returns being sent in late last year. Our customers are obviously becoming more punctual, but we won’t be happy until we’re at zero.

“The deadline is now less than three weeks away, if you still need to complete a return our advice is don’t leave it until it’s too late. Our online service has lots of helpful advice and handy tips to help make submitting your tax return as easy and stress free as possible.”

File Your Own Tax Return Before It’s Too Late

If you have still not filed your tax return for 2015-16, do so NOW. Don’t leave it until the deadline on 31st January, as this gives you no time to contact HMRC regarding and queries you have and doesn’t allow for issues with your technology or problems logging into the Government Gateway.

You can get further details on our Tax Return Services here



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Karl Bilby

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