HMRC has revealed that a total of 1,566 people found time during their Christmas festivities to gather and send the required information, a 1% increase on the 1,548 people who filed online on December 25 last year.
According to the Revenue, the busiest filing hour on Christmas Day was just before lunch, from midday to 1pm, when 144 people completed their return.
This followed the 17,000 individuals who sent theirs on Christmas Eve, which represents an increase of almost a fifth (19%) on the 14,330 returns received on the same day in 2012.
The trend continued on Boxing Day which saw another 4,493 people send their tax return over the internet – a 4% fall from the 4,685 received last year.
In total, 23,059 online returns were received over the three-day period, up 12% on last year’s total of 20,563.