More than 63,500 file Self Assessment on first day of tax year and HMRC urges others to follow

Some 63,521 customers filed their 2020/21 tax return online on 6 April, HMRC has revealed.

And with 934,501 online Self Assessment returns received so far this tax year, and HMRC is urging others to do the same and file their tax returns early.

HMRC has seen a growing trend in early filers. In the last five tax years, the number of customers choosing to file on the first day of the new tax year has almost trebled from 22,885 in 2017 to 63,521 in 2021.

Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said: “There are many advantages to completing your Self Assessment tax return sooner rather than later, not least that if you’re due tax refund you’ll get the money within a few days.”