Tax return due – What is your excuse?

If you think you might miss the 31st January deadline for online tax returns, you had better have a good reason why if you want to avoid picking up a fine.

The Telegraph has released HM Revenue and Customs annual list of the 10 worst excuses people have given for filing or paying their tax return late.

Here is a sample of some, unsurprisingly, none of these led to a successful appeal:

  • My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a post box or get an internet signal.
  • I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
  • Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  • I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  • A work colleague borrowed my tax return, to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
  • I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.

HMRC said they would accept a “reasonable excuse” for filling late within the confines of something unexpected or outside your control such as your partner died shortly before the tax return or payment deadline, you had an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented you from dealing with your tax affairs.

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