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Personal Tax Return Deadline Day will soon be with us!

The end of January is whizzing towards us so it is timely that HMRC have kindly revealed in a press release the ‘Top 10 oddest excuses’ for sending in a late personal tax return.

Whilst ‘funny’ we do not recommend you trying them and suggest that you call us if you need any assistance with your tax return:

  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)
  10. I’ve been too busy submitting my clients’ tax returns (London accountant)

For reference, all of the above received a £100 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs for filing late!

HMRC’s Director General of Personal Tax, Ruth Owen, said:
‘There will always be unforeseen events that mean a taxpayer could not file their tax return on time. However, your pet goldfish passing away isn’t one of them.’

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance. For more on our taxation services please have a review of: