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HMRC report 600,000 late tax returns are still outstanding

Updated: Aug 10, 2023


A record 11.7 million tax payers and their agents submitted their tax returns on time, HMRC has revealed.

That amounts to 97.3% of the estimated tax returns due, which in turn means some 600,000 tax payers missed the deadline.

On 31 January, 861,085 customers filed online to meet the deadline, some with minutes to spare! Some 36,767 returns were filed in the last hour before the deadline, but the peak hour for filing on the day was 16:00 and 16:59, when 68,462 people submitted their tax return.

HMRC is now urging customers who missed the 31 January deadline to submit theirs as soon as possible or risk facing a penalty. The penalties for filing a tax return late are:

An initial £100 fixed penalty, which applies even if there is no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid on time.

  • After 3 months, additional daily penalties of £10 per day, up to a maximum of £900.

  • After 6 months, a further penalty of 5% of the tax due or £300, whichever is greater.

  • After 12 months, another 5% or £300 charge, whichever is greater.

There are also additional penalties for paying late of 5% of the tax unpaid at 30 days, 6 months and 12 months.

Clients can plan ahead for their 2022 to 2023 tax bill and set up a regular payment plan to help spread the cost. HMRC’s Budget Payment Plan enables customers who are up to date with previous payments to make regular weekly or monthly contributions towards their next tax bill.

A Budget Payment Plan is different from payments on account, which are usually due by midnight on 31 January and 31 July.


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Steve Pearce MICB

8th Feb 2023

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