It has been revealed by HMRC that 2,616 taxpayers filed their self assessment tax returns on Christmas Day which shows a continuing trend of business owners working through the holidays.

The data showed the peak filing hour to be between 1 and 2pm, during which 231 tax returns were filed. A total of 1,372 accounts were filed between 8am and 4pm, with a further 1,040 filed between 4pm and midnight.

Boxing Day proved to be a more popular day to file tax returns, with 8,465 being filed throughout the day.

Angela MacDonald, the director general for customer services at HMRC, said: This year, more than 2,600 taxpayers chose to file their returns on Christmas Day. Whether you fit it in while cooking the Christmas turkey, once the kids have gone to bed, or after the Queen's speech; our online service is available for you to file your tax return, at a time that suits you.'

In 2017 there was a 33% increase on the number of returns filed in 2016, which meant the figure rose to 2,590 from 1,944.

HMRC believes 11m tax payers will complete a self assessment tax return by the upcoming deadline on the 31st January 2019.

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