Men more likely than woman to complete their tax return on time, says HMRC

11 January 2017

Men are more likely than women to complete their tax return by the 31 January deadline, according to new analysis of the 2013/14 tax year revealed today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

With 294 of every 10,000 tax returns completed late, men beat women by just nine tax returns per 10,000. Women submitted 303 late tax returns for every 10,000 in 2013 14 tax year.

To avoid a £100 late return penalty, there are now less than three weeks to left to submit your online tax return, and pay what you owe to HMRC.If you are submitting your 2014-15 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

“Act now to prevent being caught in last minute rush”

Ruth Owen, HMRC director general of personal tax, says: “It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, whether you live in Newcastle or Cardiff, – if you need to complete a tax return, you need to do it now.

“Our online service has a wide range of resources to help taxpayers complete their tax return and can be accessed 24 hours a day to suit everyone’s working pattern. Our advice is to not leave it until the eleventh hour – act now to prevent getting caught up in a last minute rush.”


Apart from gender, age also impacts on whether you might miss the self-assessment deadline. Only 118 of every 10,000 tax returns received late came from those aged 65 and over, making them top of the class. Those with room for improvement are the 18-20 year olds with a huge 949 for every 10,000 overdue.

There’s even competition within different industries to complete tax returns on time.

The agriculture, fishing and forestry industries are in the lead, with just 71 in every 10,000 returns submitted late. Lawyers and accountants came second with 147 late returns per 10,000, with the financial, insurance and real estate sector’s 212 late submissions per 10,000, moving them from fifth place to third. Those working in the administrative and support services slipped into bottom place (359 per 10,000), with information and communication industries not far behind (330 per 10,000), and education the next worst performing sector (292 per 10,000).


London is worst for tax returns

Across the United Kingdom, those living in Northern Ireland are the most likely to complete their tax return without delay with 223 for every 10,000 submitted late, followed by Wales (259 per 10,000), and Scotland (291 per 10,000). England was the worst culprit for late returns, sending in 297 per 10,000 after the deadline. As a whole, the UK submitted 293 late returns for every 10,000 in 2013-14.

Taxpayers in London were the worst performers in England, completing 402 late returns for every 10.000. Meanwhile, the South West sent in 236 late returns for every 10,000 making it the English region least likely to miss the 31 January deadline.

Help with filing your tax return is available from the GOV.UK website or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.

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