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In 2014 to 2015, 235 late tax returns for every 10,000 were submitted by women, but they were beaten by a tiny margin of just three, because for every 10,000 tax returns submitted by men, only 232 were late.

Breaking the figures down further HMRC also found that:

  • those aged over 65 showed the younger generation how it’s done, with only 104 per 10,000 tax returns received late. A huge 833 for every 10,000 sent in by 18-20 year olds was overdue
  • customers living in Northern Ireland were once again the most likely to submit their tax return promptly, with 178 for every 10,000 submitted late, followed by Wales (205 per 10,000). Scotland and England lagged behind, coming joint third with 233 per 10,000 each
  • as a whole, the UK submitted only 230 late returns for every 10,000 in 2014-15
  • when returns were divided into the nine English regions, Londoners failed to redeem themselves from last year and climb off the bottom of the pile – those in the capital completed 310 late for every 10,000. Those in the South West were once again the least likely to miss the 31 January deadline with 184 per 10,000 coming in late
  • the data showed within industry, those working in Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry topped the leaderboard once again with just a tiny 62 in every 10,000 submitting late returns. Second and third places went again to Lawyers and Accountants (106 late returns per 10,000) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (156 per 10,000)
    those working in the Administrative and Support Services remain in bottom place (296 per 10,000), behind Other Industries (260 per 10,000), and Information and Communication was the next worst performing sector (250 per 10,000).

Ruth Owen, HMRC Director General of Customer Service, said:

It’s very encouraging to see that in every aspect of our analysis we saw huge reductions in the number of tax returns being sent in late last year. Our customers are obviously becoming more punctual, but we won’t be happy until we’re at zero.

The deadline is now less than three weeks away, if you still need to complete a return our advice is don’t leave it until it’s too late. Our online service has lots of helpful advice and handy tips to help make submitting your tax return as easy and stress free as possible.

Notes for editors

  • The deadline for Self Assessment returns is 31 January.
  • If you are submitting your 2015-16 Self Assessment return online for the first time, you will need to register for SA Online. Registering for online returns is simple – you can do it online at www.gov.uk/register-for-self-assessment.
  • Help is available at www.gov.uk/self-assessment-tax-returns or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.
  • These figures are sourced from Self-Assessment management information from the Computerised Environment for Self-Assessment (CESA) at April 2016 for the 2014-15 tax year. Industry categories are based on UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities 2007 (SIC2007). All individual figures have been rounded independently to the nearest thousand or three significant figures.
  • HMRC analysed all 2014-15 tax returns received up to the end of April 2016 (and adjusted the figures to account for returns expected but still not received.)

The full adult age analysis for late returns per 10,000 returns is as follows:

Age rangeLate returns per 10,000
18-20833
21-30492
31-40334
41-50247
51-60181
61-64127
65+104

The full UK and English regional analysis for late returns per 10,000 is as follows:

Country/English regionLate returns per 10,000
Scotland233
England233
Wales205
Northern Ireland178
London310
North East267
North West238
West Midlands222
Yorkshire and the Humber217
South East211
East of England210
East Midlands208
South West184

The full industry analysis for late returns per 10,000 is as follows:

IndustryLate returns per 10,000
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing62
Manufacturing223
Construction203
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles207
Transportation and Storage236
Accommodation and Food Service Activities183
Information and Communication250
Financial, Insurance and Real Estate Activities156
Activities Legal & Accounting Activities106
Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities203
Administrative and Support Service Activities296
Education224
Human Health and Social Work Activities188
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation217
Other Industries260
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Press contact

Patrick O’Brien
Tel: 03000 585 024
Email: Patrick.o’brien@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

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Tel: 03000 585 020
Email: adrian.hallchurch@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

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