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Dog eating tax return

Tax Return Excuses

Whilst the majority of us manage to submit our tax returns in a timely manner, there are always a number of late filers, and with late filing normally comes an excuse!

HMRC have again released their list all time most bizarre excuses offered by taxpayers who left it a little late in filing their self assessment returns.

This year’s deadline for the completion and submission of your self-assessment tax return is 31st January 2017. Time is fast running out, so if you’ve been putting it off, now is the time to get your accounts in order and submit your tax return to the revenue. Failure to meet this deadline will result in an automatic £100 fine.

HMRC are always open to accept reasonable, legitimate excuses for the late filing of returns, however if you’re thinking of using any of the classic lines on this list, I would think again!

1. My tax return was on my yacht, which caught fire.

2. A wasp in my car caused me to have an accident and my tax return, which was inside, was destroyed.

3. My wife helps me with my tax return, but she had a headache for ten days.

4. My dog ate my tax return…and all of the reminders.

5. I couldn’t complete my tax return, because my husband left me and took our accountant with him. I am currently trying to find a new accountant.

6. My child scribbled all over the tax return, so I wasn’t able to send it back.

7. I work for myself, but a colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it and lost it.

8. My husband told me the deadline was the 31 March.

9. My internet connection failed.

10. The postman doesn’t deliver to my house.

*Source: http://economia.icaew.com/en/news/december-2016/the-top-ten-worst-late-tax-return-excuses


Dog eating tax return

Excuses, excuses….

HMRC have recently released their list of the all time worst excuses offered by taxpayers who were late in filing their self assessment returns.

With this year’s deadline of 31st January fast approaching, now is the time to get your accounts in order and submit your return to the revenue.

Although HMRC will accept reasonable, legitimate excuses for late filing, any of the following excuses are not likely to be enough to swerve that £100 fine!

  • My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an Internet signal.
  • I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  • 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 campervan in a supermarket car park.
  • My girlfriend’s pregnant.
  • I was in Australia.

The deadline for filing by paper return passed at the end of October 2014, so any outstanding returns for the 2013/14 tax year must now be filed online before the deadline of 31 January.

While HMRC have highlighted a number of excuses given by taxpayers, it’s nice to know that us taxpayers are not the only ones with the excuses. Here are a number of excuses that HMRC gave in regards to inquiries on the state of client’s tax affairs:

  • Please can you call back in about an hour, Mr X (the Inspector) has just gone for a lie-down (that one was used by HMRC a few years ago).
  • We can’t issue your tax repayment, as shown in your Corporate Tax Self-Assessment, because it’s on a work list.
  • It’s in a pile and because it hasn’t been two weeks since we received it we don’t have to look at it yet.
  • Automated HMRC message: ‘If it’s less than 4 weeks since you submitted the return to us, please call later’.
  • Automated HMRC message: ‘We are very busy at this time’ and the call cuts out.

* Source http://economia.icaew.com/