Tax return deadline 2015: Men less likely than women to file on time

Young people are less likely than older individuals to meet the deadline

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Women are more likely than men to fill in their tax return on time, according to analysis by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

For every 10,000 tax returns received by HMRC last year from men, 394 arrived after the deadline, compared to 358 for every 10,000 received from women.

And as this year’s 31 January deadline for online returns approaches, it has also been revealed that young people are less likely than older individuals to file on time.

People aged 18 to 20 were the worst culprits, with 1,085 in every 10,000 sending in a late tax return. By comparison, for those aged over 65, only 155 out of every 10,000 missed the deadline.

Workers in the agriculture, fishing and forestry industry were the most likely to meet the deadline, with just 109 out of every 10,000 not managing to do so.

But those working in the information and communications sector topped the list of late filers, with 390 out of every 10,000 not sending their tax return in on time. 

HMRC Director General of Personal Tax, Ruth Owen, said: "Whatever your gender, age, occupation or location, if you haven’t sent in your 2013-14 tax return, you need to take action now.

"HMRC offers a range of help and advice. But don’t leave it until the last minute to contact us. Do it now, and avoid a last-minute rush to beat the deadline."

If you’re registered for self-assessment you need to file your 2013-14 tax return, and pay what you owe, by midnight on 31 January. For more information visit: