Are You More Likely To Submit A Late Tax Return?

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Are You More Likely To Submit A Late Tax Return?

Interesting stats released by the Taxman could determine who is more likely to be on the receiving end of a fine this year.

Analysis of all Tax Returns submitted for the 2013/14 tax year period highlight some interesting patterns. HMRC normally release stats like these every year around the deadline time for the online Self Assessment and it's no different this year with just a few days to go now.

Statistics were provided on the sex, age range, area and industry of people submitting late Tax Returns. We have compiled the headline results below, along with the full tables further down. *Remember, the figures below show number of late returns per 10,000 submitted.

  1. Women more likely to be late with their Tax Return than men.

    Women submitted 9 more late returns per 10,000 than men.

  2. 18-20 year olds 9 times more likely to be late with their Tax Return than pensioners.

    A staggering 949 late returns per 10,000 submitted by the youngsters with only 118 per 10,000 late by people over 65 years of age.

  3. Admin staff more likely to be late with their Tax Return!

    Astonishingly people working in Administrative and support services were the worst performing industry sector with 359 late tax returns per 10,000. Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry came top with only 71 late returns per 10,000. Lawyers were 2nd best and Finance, Insurance, Estate Agents 3rd.

  4. Northern Ireland more punctual than England.

    People in Northern Ireland had 223 late returns per 10,000. England had 297, Scotland had 291 and Wales 259. The average for the UK was 293.

  5. London the worst region for late Tax Return submission.

    Way above the UK average were London with 402 late Tax Return submissions per 10,000. The best region was the South West with 236.

Putting the above together would mean 18-20 year old women living in London and working in administration are most likely to submit their Tax Return late.

All of the late Tax Returns submitted received a £100 penalty instantly - well, unless they had a good excuse.

The full statistics (late tax returns per 10,000):

Age Bracket

2013-14
2012-13

18-20

949
1085

21-30

621
736

31-40

463
575

41-50

331
444

51-60

224
299

61-64

147
192

65+

118
155
UK Region 2013-14 2012-13
Scotland 291 391
England 297 374
Wales 259 346
Northern Ireland 223 301
London 402 512
North East 305 380
North West 295 369
South East 276 355
East of England 273 346
West Midlands 286 344
Yorkshire and the Humber 272 337
East Midlands 264 324
South West 236 299

Industry

2013-14
2012-13

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

71
109

Manufacturing

250
313

Construction

241
352

Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

247
309

Transportation and Storage

287
347

Accommodation and Food Service Activities

213
300

Information and Communication

330

390

Financial, Insurance and Real Estate Activities

212
286

Activities Legal & Accounting Activities

147
219

Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities

263
322

Administrative and Support Service Activities

359
388

Education

292
317

Human Health and Social Work Activities

239
262

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

272

329

Other Industries

333

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