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HMRC's lists of worst excuses for late filed tax returns

Each January HMRC release a list which gets wide publicity and nudges late filers to get their tax returns submitted before the filing deadline at the end of the month.

In 2015 the list they released comprised:

  • My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.
  • I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  • I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
  • Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  • I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  • A work colleague borrowed my tax return, to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
  • I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
  • My girlfriend’s pregnant.
  • I was in Australia

  • In 2016, a new list was released, and is just as bad:
    1. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them 
    2. I’m not a paperwork orientated person
    3. I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out 
    4. My accountant has been ill 
    5. My dog ate my tax return 
    6. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file 
    7. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine 
    8. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online 
    9. My husband ran over my laptop 
    10. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years 
    11. I had a cold which took a long time to go
    The list released in 2014 is on this blog here>>>

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