“My wife helps me with my tax return, but she had a headache for ten days”: taxpayer's excuse to UK HMRC

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The UK HMRC has released "unusual excuses" received from taxpayers who didn’t complete their tax return on time.

Some of the hilarious ones among these are:

  • “My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire”
  • “A wasp in my car caused me to have an accident and my tax return, which was inside, was destroyed”
  • “My wife helps me with my tax return, but she had a headache for ten days”
  • “My dog ate my tax return…and all of the reminders”
  • “My child scribbled all over the tax return, so I wasn’t able to send it back”
  • “I work for myself, but a colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it and lost it”

(Click here to read HMRC's release for more - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/my-tax-return-was-on-my-yacht-which-caught-fire)

HMRC adds that these reasons were used in unsuccessful appeals against HMRC penalties for late returns. The HMRC Director General of Customer Services Ruth Owen,said "Blaming the postman, arguing with family members and pesky insects – it’s easy to see that some excuses for not completing a tax return on time can be more questionable than others. Luckily, it’s only a small minority who chance their arm".

HMRC is also reminding taxpayers of the deadline of January 31 for sending 2015-16 Self Assessment tax returns and paying any tax owed.