Record 12 Million Tax Returns Filed on Time

Published / Last Updated on 07/02/2023

HMRC has confirmed that a record 11.7 million self assessment income tax returns were submitted on time for tax year 2021/22 by 31 January 2023.

HMRC data revealed that:

  • 861,085 returns were submitted on 31 January 2023.
  • 68,462 returns between 4pm and 5pm on 31 January 2023.
  • 10,965,993 returns were filed online.
  • 385,296 paper tax returns were filed by October 2022.
  • 600,000 people missed the deadline and face penalties.

Penalties for Late Filing

  • £100 if late, even if there is no tax to pay.  Once you are issued with a tax return notice you are required to file one even if zero tax is due.
  • 3 months late: £10 per day for each day it is late up to a maximum of £900 i.e., 90 days.
  • 6 months late there are more penalties at the greater of 5% of the tax due or £300.
  • 12 months late, another penalty at the greater of 5% of the tax due or £300
  • More 5% penalties in year 2 at 30 days, six months, and 12 months.
  • Later than that and you are going to court.


There is no excuse for filing late returns.  We already have nearly 10 months between end of the tax year 5th April and the following 31 January to file our self assessment returns.  Even if you are in trouble and worried you can contact HMRC, Citizens Advice or a tax specialist such as us to help you.

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