Following on from our blog post earlier last week regarding the amount of Christmas Day online submissions of tax returns, we now turn our attention some of the most bizarre, farfetched and downright strange excuses people have genuinely given in the past for sending in late tax returns.
1. My pet goldfish died (self-employed builder);
2. I had a run-in with a cow (Midlands farmer);
3. After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else (London woman);
4. My wife won’t give me my mail (self-employed trader);
5. My husband told me the deadline was 31 March, and I believed him (Leicester hairdresser);
6. I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play (Coventry writer);
7. My bad back means I can’t go upstairs. That’s where my tax return is (a working taxi driver);
8. I’ve been cruising round the world in my yacht, and only picking up post when I’m on dry land (South East man);
9. Our business doesn’t really do anything (Kent financial services firm); and
10. I’ve been too busy submitting my clients’ tax returns (London accountant).
All of these people and businesses received a £100 penalty from HMRC for filing late. They appealed against the decision using these excuses, but were unsuccessful.
Of course, HMRC understand that there may be a genuine, unforeseen circumstance that will make you not submit your tax return on time. However, they need to be genuine and of relevance, and if they are anything like the 10 above, you will not get away with your excuse!
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