1,566 filed their tax returns online on Christmas Day

There was a 1% rise in people submitting their tax returns online on Christmas Day compared to the same time last year Credit: HMRC

1,566 people spent part of Christmas Day submitting their tax returns online, HM Revenue and Customs has said.

It is a 1% rise on the numbers on the same day last year.

The peak time on Christmas Day was from midday to 1pm.

17,000 people managed to find time on Christmas Eve - a 19% increase on 2012.

But there was a 4% decline on Boxing Day, with 4,493 preferring to sort their finances out than spend more money at the sales.

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