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15 Best Reasons Why Tax Deadline Day Was Missed

Posted by Rebecca English

Deadline day was done and dusted last week and whilst I’m sure most were done timely and without hinder, HMRC has released some of last year’s legitimate excuses as to why some didn’t quite make the cut off on the 31st. Take a look at this quick read and try not to laugh out loud!

1.   My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me

2.   I’m too short to reach the post box

3.   I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn

4.   Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses

5.   My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type

6. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them

7. I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out

8. My accountant has been ill

9. My dog ate my tax return

10. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file

11. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine

12. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online

13. My husband ran over my laptop

14. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years

15. I had a cold which took a long time to go

It wasn’t just excuses for being late that raised the odd eyebrow; there were also a few questionable expenses claimed also.

1.   A carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs

2.   £40 on extra woolly underwear, for 5 years

3.   £756 for my pet dog insurance

4.   A music subscription, so I can listen to music while I work

5.   A family holiday to Nigeria

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