Men, for the second year running, were more likely than women to complete their tax return on time, winning the battle of the taxes once again - but only just.

In 2014-15, 235 late tax returns for every 10,000 were submitted by women, but they were beaten by a tiny margin of just three, because for every 10,000 tax returns submitted by men, only 232 were late.

Breaking the figures down further HMRC also found that:


* those aged over 65 showed the younger generation how its done, with only 104 per 10,000 tax returns received late. A huge 833 for every 10,000 sent in by 18-20 year olds was overdue.


* customers living in Northern Ireland were once again the most likely to submit their tax return promptly, with 178 for every 10,000 submitted late, followed by Wales (205 per 10,000). Scotland and England lagged behind, coming joint third with 233 per 10,000 each.


* as a whole, the UK submitted only 230 late returns for every 10,000
in 2014-15.


* when returns were divided into the nine English regions, Londoners failed to redeem themselves from last year and climb off the bottom of the pile - those in the capital completed 310 late for every 10,000. Those in the South West were once again the least likely to miss the 31 January deadline with 184 per 10,000 coming in late.


* in the North West region, there were 238 late returns per 10,000 received after the deadline an improvement on last years figure of 295 late returns per 10,000.



* across the West Midlands, there was a similar trend with 222 late returns per 10,000 received after the deadline an improvement on last years figure of 286 late returns per 10,000.


* the data showed within industry, those working in Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry topped the leaderboard once again with just a tiny 62 in every 10,000 submitting late returns. Second and third places went again to Lawyers and Accountants (106 late returns per 10,000) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (156 per 10,000).


* those working in the Administrative and Support Services remain in bottom place (296 per 10,000), behind Other Industries (260 per 10,000), and Information and Communication was the next worst performing sector (250 per 10,000).

Ruth Owen, HMRC Director General of Customer Service, said:

Its very encouraging to see that in every aspect of our analysis we saw huge reductions in the number of tax returns being sent in late last year. Our customers are obviously becoming more punctual, but we wont be happy until were at zero.

The deadline is now less than three weeks away, if you still need to complete a return our advice is dont leave it until its too late. Our online service has lots of helpful advice and handy tips to help make submitting your tax return as easy and stress free as possible.