Feeds

Inland Revenue predicts bumper year for online filing

Demand is peaking

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

With just four and a half days to go until the tax return deadline, the Inland Revenue is expecting a bumper year in terms of people completing their self assessment forms online. As of 17 January, the Revenue has had 895,000 forms completed via its website - it passed last year's total about three weeks ago.

However, The Register has heard reports that the self assessment section of the site is struggling to deal with the numbers of people trying to beat the deadline. A reader writes:

Their website is running *extremely* slowly (eg pages take minutes to load, or completely fail to load). The affected sections are the dynamic forms for entering self-assessment data - the static sections of the site are fine.

The telephone helpline says it's a known issue, that the hardware and software is 'fine', and they hope it'll be better tomorrow... they're saying they couldn't be expected to know there would be such a large peak in demand in the final week...

We put this to the Inland Revenue, and were put gently in our place by a jolly spokesman. "We certainly do expect a peak in demand at this time of year," he told us. "The site is certainly getting a lot of hits. There is a huge amount of flow across the site, and it will only get heavier, but as far as we are concerned, it is performing perfectly well.

"What I would say is that people should try to file their returns early in the morning or late in the evening, not peak hours. It will certainly work faster then."

The moral of the story? 02:00 is a good time to file your forms. Who said tax didn't have to be taxing...now pass us the coffee...®

Related stories

BT, Kingston face EC illegal state aid probe
Customs and tax merger to cost £75m
Customs gets new IT head

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.