HMRC are still very concerned about the tendency of many tax payers to file their tax return at the last minute.
Statistics show that more than 50% of all Tax Returns are submitted in January and this places an almost impossible burden of work on HMRC in that last month.
Various professionals have been discussing how this could be improved and HMRC officials apparently have also, off the record, expressed their views on a possible solution.
One interesting idea, apparently borrowed from the DVLA, is to offer tax payers who file between April and November, each month, the chance to be entered into a draw for a wait for it “free car”.
Whilst at first sight in these times of austerity, this may sound horrendous, in fact there is some logic to all this and there probably will be sufficient cost savings from enough people filing early, to make it pay for itself.