Excuses, excuses: HMRC reveals top late tax return apologies - Thorne Widgery

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has once again revealed the worst excuses that taxpayers have given them for failing to meet the 31 January Self-Assessment (SA) deadline.

HMRC’s most recent list of excuses, includes:

 

  • I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
  • I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play.
  • My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.
  • My business doesn’t really do anything.
  • I spilt coffee on it.

As well as the excuses, HMRC also receives some questionable expense claims including:

  • A three-piece suite for a partner to sit on when the taxpayer is doing their accounts.
  • Birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub.
  • Vet fees for a rabbit.
  • Hotel room service – for candles and prosecco.
  • £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days (£1,125 in total).

The deadline for sending 2016-17 SA tax returns to HMRC, and paying any tax owed, was 31 January 2018.

Those who have missed the tax return deadline may find that they have already received an automatic £100 fine, but larger penalties may be applied if a return isn’t promptly submitted.

If you have missed the deadline and would like to avoid future fines or investigations it is vital that you contact our tax team.