WHILE millions of people were exchanging presents, feasting on turkey and nodding off in front of the television, 1,548 people decided to take time out from the yuletide festivities and do their tax return online.

In the festive build-up, Christmas Eve was also popular compared to the previous year, with 14,330 people sending an online tax return on December 24, 2012, more than treble the 2011 total of 4,115 (a 248 per cent increase).

Of those Christmas Eve filers, 73 sent a return online between 11pm and midnight (compared to 44 in 2011).

On Boxing Day, while revellers up and down the land were visiting loved ones, attending sporting fixtures or snacking on turkey leftovers, 4,685 peopledecided to sit down at their computers, dig out their bank statements and P60s and send their tax return over the internet.

That represented a 33 per cent increase on Boxing Day 2011, which saw 3,512 people file online.

Anyone who has not sent in their 2011-12 tax return and wants more information can visit hmrc.gov.uk/sa or call the Self Assessment helpline on 0845 9000 444.