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HM Revenue & Customs 2009 Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline

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The deadline for submitting 2009 self assessment tax returns has now passed and HM Revenue & Customs reports a record number of taxpayers filed their returns online this year.

Over six million people - 6,429,899 to be exact - filed online by the 31st January deadline this year.  That equates to three quarters of all returns submitted and represents an increase of nearly 12% on last year's total, when around 5.8 million people filed online.

The busiest day for online returns was Friday 29th January, when HM Revenue & Customs received 384,638 online self assessment tax returns.  And rush hour occurred between 4pm and 5pm, when 39,512 taxpayers submitted returns.

Financial Secretary Stephen Timms welcomed the increase in online returns:

"More people than ever before are now filing their tax returns online.  It's easier, quicker and HM Revenue & Customs processes your return faster, so any money you're owed is repaid more quickly.  If you haven't yet made the switch from paper to online, do so, and join the millions who are benefiting already."

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