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Record 9.6m tax returns on time

A record 9.6 million people have submitted their tax return online this year, HMRC has revealed today.

With 10.3 million people in Self Assessment in 2011-12, this translates to around 93 out of every 100 taxpayers (or 92.9 per cent) having met return deadlines. The deadline for a paper return was 31 October while yesterday signalled the limit for submitting an online return.

Of the 9.6 million returns submitted, 7.9 million were submitted online - another record number. The remaining were all sent as hard copies.

Now, anyone who did not submit a return by yesterday will have incurred a £100 fine but the only way to avoid further penalties will be to submit a return as soon as possible.The busiest day for submission was yesterday when the Revenue received 578,000 returns. The busiest hour was between 4pm-5pm when a return was submitted every 12 seconds.

Even 1,548 people submitted their return on Christmas day with another 4,685 submitting on Boxing Day. New Year's Eve say 27,161 people celebrate by sending their tax return in over the internet while 12,077 decided to do the same on 1 January.

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