HMRC's online filing system seems to have worked well this year, ie it didn't crash. Accounting Web report that:
"HMRC benefited from the tendency of taxpayers to leave their tax returns until the last minute this year, as returns had to be made online to avoid a penalty for all but a handful of taxpayers. The number of taxpayers filing their returns online by 31 January this year jumped to 5.75 million – a 50 per cent increase on last year's figure, with 67% of all self assessment returns filed online by 31 January.
The peak filing day this year was Friday 30 January, with 390,000 returns filed in one day – up from the peak day last year of 185,000. If returns were filed round the clock on 30th this means HMRC were receiving 16,250 per hour; more likely, however, that the filing period ran for around 18 hours meaning that they coped with almost 22,000 returns an hour, or 361 per minute – that’s 6 every second!"
However, one correspondent has advised me that his experience was not so good; as the server wouldn't respond to his activation request, consequently preventing him from filing online by the deadline.
Has anyone else had any problems?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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