Are you a 'festive filer'? HMRC says 4,757 people filed tax returns on Christmas Day

Nearly 4,800 people filed their self-assessment tax returns on Christmas Day Credit: PA

Nearly 4,800 people filed their self-assessment tax returns on Christmas Day, according to figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

While others were opening gifts or tucking into turkey, 4,757 people filed their tax returns on Christmas Day, ahead of the deadline for submitting online returns for the 2022/23 tax year on January 31.

HMRC also recorded 8,876 returns submitted on Christmas Eve and 12,136 on Boxing Day.

The peak time was between noon and 12:59pm on Boxing Day when HMRC received 1,121 returns.

How do you file tax returns?

HMRC has resources online including video tutorials on YouTube, help and support on, to support customers in completing their tax returns.

People can choose to pay through the free and secure HMRC app.

If customers cannot pay in full by the deadline, they may be able to set up a “time to pay” arrangement online if the amount owed is less than £30,000.

People should also watch out for scams and should never share their HMRC login details with anyone – even a tax agent if they have one. HMRC scams advice is available on

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know…