HMRC reveals Top 10 worst tax return excuses for 2014
HMRC revealed some of the worst excuses submitted last year for late tax returns.
The 10 worst excuses for missing the 31 January Self Assessment deadline for 2013 to 14 were revealed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
From broken kitchen appliances, hungry pets and arguments that last five years – some people will stop at nothing to pass the blame for their tardy timekeeping. Some of the excuses submitted included:
- My tax papers were left in the shed and a rat ate them
- I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out
- My accountant has been ill
- My dog ate my tax return
- I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file
- My laptop broke, so did my washing machine
- My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online
- My husband ran over my laptop
- I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years
- I had a cold which took a long time to go
The excuses were all used in unsuccessful appeals against HMRC penalties for late returns.
While HMRC will not accept spurious excuses when the vast majority hit the deadline and pay up what they owe, we do recognise that a number taxpayers may have difficulties completing their tax return on time. For instance, those affected by flooding at their premises, or their agents’ premises, will not be asked to pay a penalty if their return is submitted without unreasonable delay. The department has also opened a Tax Helpline to give practical help and advice to people affected by severe weather and flooding – 0800 904 7900.
Not one person thought to put forward the notion that there accountant ate their tax return? At Brilliant Accountants, we love them – we eat them right up!