HMRC's top ten list of bizarre, exotic and flimsy excuses
29 January 2014
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Posted by: Author: HMRC
HMRC has revealed the ‘Top 10 oddest excuses’
for sending in a late return.
The following "bizarre, exotic and flimsy" excuses have
all been tried, unsuccessfully by tardy taxpayers who were hoping to avoid the
£100 late filing penalty:
My pet goldfish died (self-employed
builder); I had a run-in with a cow (Midlands
farmer); After seeing a volcanic eruption on
the news, I couldn't concentrate on anything else (London woman); My wife won’t give me my mail
(self-employed trader); My husband told me the deadline was
31 March, and I believed him (Leicester hairdresser); I've been far too busy touring the
country with my one-man play (Coventry writer); My bad back means I can’t go
upstairs. That’s where my tax return is (a working taxi driver); I've been cruising round the world
in my yacht, and only picking up post when I’m on dry land (South East man); Our business doesn't really do
anything (Kent financial services firm); and I've been too busy submitting my
clients’ tax returns (London accountant).
This article first appeared on : HMRC.gov.uk.