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January 30, 2014

Tax return deadline just a day away! The top 10 unsuccessful and most bizarre excuses, which HMRC received for sending in a late tax return!

HMRC revealed their ‘Top 10 oddest excuses’ for late tax return filing:

  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)

To avoid a £100 penalty from HMRC for late filing, submit your tax returns by Friday 31st of January. You can file your tax return for free via HMRC’s website at www.hmrc.gov.uk.

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