Figures released by HMRC revealed 10.9 million people were expected to complete and submit a tax return for income received within the 2012-2013 tax year. People have two methods to submit a return, either paper or online, with an earlier deadline in October for paper and the end of January for online submissions.
The online deadline of midnight 31st January is now four days away and only 8.1 million returns have been filed, leaving 2.8 million people in the deadline or penalty rush.
Returns received after Friday will have an automatic £100 penalty applied, with further penalties added at specific periods until the return is submitted and any tax paid.
The trends for late tax return submissions show London fairing the worst for number of tax returns submitted late but the South-East paying the most in fines.