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Men win battle of the tax returns

Written by: Adam Lewis
With the tax deadline approaching it has been revealed that men are more likely than women to get their tax returns completed on time.

For the second year in a row, numbers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) revealed more women submitted late tax returns, although the difference was marginal. In the 2014/15 tax year it was shown that for every 10,000 returns submitted, 235 were late from women versus 232 for men.

As a whole the UK submitted only 230 late returns for every 10,000, although the findings showed those aged over 65 were much more punctual than 18-20 year olds. Versus 833 late returns per 10,000 for the younger generation, those over 65 only submitted 104.

By region, those in Northern Ireland were the most likely to submit prompt returns (178 per 100,000), followed by Wales (205), while Scotland and England lagged behind in joint third with 233.

In terms of industry, those working in agriculture, fishing and forestry topped the leaderboard, with just 62 per 10,000 getting their returns in late. Those working in administrative and support services sat bottom of the table (296), behind ‘other industries’ (260) and information and communication (250).

Ruth Owen, director general of customer service at HMRC, said: “It is 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 … but we won’t be happy until we’re at zero.”

With the the deadline for self-assessment less than three weeks away (31 January), Owen said if people need help with their returns, its 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,” she said.

See’s Top tips to help you file your tax return.

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