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Late filing excuses

Late filing excuses

If come 1st February you are looking for an excuse to avoid a penalty for not filing your tax return, HMRC have published their list of unacceptable excuses.
The following bizarre, exotic and flimsy excuses have all been used by tardy taxpayers:

  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.

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