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News - 9 January 2015

The worst excuses for missing the tax return deadline

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published some of the worst excuses they have received for missing the 31st January tax return deadline

The top ten used in unsuccessful appeals against HMRC penalties for late filing and payment are

  • 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.


Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:
“The one common thread running through these excuses is that it’s always someone else’s fault. There can be genuine reasons for not completing a tax return but excuses such as being on holiday or having a dog with a taste for envelopes are not among them.”

You need to file your 2013/14 tax return online, and pay what you owe, by 31 January. But it’s best to do it now, to allow plenty of time to sort out any issues with your return. That way, you’ll avoid the busy period for our phone lines as the deadline approaches.

All outstanding 2013/14 tax returns must now be submitted online, as the 31 October paper-filing deadline has passed. To send an online tax return, you must be registered for HMRC Online Services.
This involves HMRC sending you an Activation Code in the post and you need to allow 10 days for it to arrive.

However, if you need any help and advice with your Tax returns and declarations, contact us to discuss how we at ABDS can help in all your financial and business planning.”


ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net

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