It’s January 27th, 4 days before the deadline, and I’ve just gotten my (UK) tax return done and submitted. There’s something about the combination of “tax return” + “online” that really makes me drag my feet. I know it’s going to be boring, and I know the bottom line will be negative, and at the same time I know that (because I’m submitting online) there’s no rush.

My track record for the past 6 years: January 25th, January 22nd, November 27th, January 19th, December 30th, January 27th. I think the 2004/05 tax return got done so early because there was a discount offer for the software I use to do my tax return, and the discount expired end of November. This year those few pounds weren’t enough to make me download the software early.