By: The Gateway Team On: January 23, 2018 In: Tax Matters Comments: 0

… and there is no such thing as a good excuse!

As we approach the deadline for submitting a Self-Assessment tax return for 2015-2016, we look at some of the unsuccessful excuses given to HMRC by those appealing late penalties.

  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.”

I wish I had such a lavish lifestyle that I could use ‘my tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire’ as an excuse, or maybe I’m just envious of their vivid imagination.

“Blaming the postman, arguing with family members and pesky insects – it’s easy to see that some excuses for not completing a tax return on time can be more questionable than others. Luckily, it’s only a small minority who chance their arm. But there will always be help and support available for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time,” said HMRC Director General of Customer Services, Ruth Owen.

**cough cough** Emphasis on the word genuine.

Here’s 5 more incredible excuses given to HMRC:

  1. “My child scribbled all over the tax return, so I wasn’t able to send it back”
  2. “I work for myself, but a colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it and lost it”
  3. “My husband told me the deadline was the 31 March”
  4. “My internet connection failed”
  5. “The postman doesn’t deliver to my house”

Do you think these were the people at school who also used the-dog-ate-it-excuse when they didn’t do their homework?!

The deadline is 31st January 2017 for anyone who needs to know. And for anyone needing a few tips or pointers with their tax returns, please take a look at our article: Tax Return Tips.

Self-Assessment customers can now also submit their return via their Personal Tax Account: www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account

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