UK tax deadline extended as website crashes


Leave your tax to the last minute? Join the club, just about everyone does, even though you have from July to post it. And that’s bad news for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which has been forced to extend its self-assessment tax return deadline after its website crashed under weight of traffic on the last day of filing.

According to an official statement: “HMRC’s Self Assessment online filing service has experienced technical difficulties this morning which has meant that some tax payers have experienced difficulties filing online. The system is now rapidly returning to normal levels of service. A record number of 3.6 million taxpayers have already successfully filed online with 104,000 filing today.”

To compensate, the deadline has been extended by an extra 24 hours. The worrying aspect to this is HMRC’s plans to make all tax returns online only in future. Prepare for chaos.

HMRC (via PC Pro)

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