Self-assessment tax return record as 9.45 million file on time

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed that a record number of self-assessment tax returns were filed on time for the previous financial year. 80.9% of self-assessment returns were  filed online in a number that equates to a record 7.65 million.

This was a substantial rise on the 6.9 million online returns filed last year, equal to 78% of returns. The results mean that for the first time in seven years, 90.4% of taxpayers met the deadline, with a total of 800,000 more returns than last year.

Exchequer secretary to the treasury David Gauke said: "I'm delighted so many people filed their tax returns online this year. The record number proves that it's quick, easy and secure to do. HMRC have always been clear that they want returns not penalties, so it is good news that over 90% of all returns were submitted on time."

31 January was the busiest day for online returns with almost 445,000 received. The 4pm to 5pm rush hour saw 37,460 returns at a rate of more than one every six seconds.