Aliens, vertigo and other excuses

Source: HM Revenue & Customs | | 23/01/2018

A recent press release by HMRC revealed some of the oddest excuses for submitting a late tax return. The excuses ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous and included:

  1. I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
  2. I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play.
  3. My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.
  4. My business doesn’t really do anything.
  5. I spilt coffee on it.

HMRC also revealed that taxpayers have tried to make expense claims for such random items as a three-piece suite for my partner to sit on when I’m doing my accounts, and £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days.

HMRC’s Director General of Customer Services, Angela MacDonald, said:

'Each year we’re making it easier and more intuitive for our customers to complete their tax return, but each year we still come across some questionable excuses, whether that’s blaming a busy touring schedule or seeing aliens. However, help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time.'



 

Latest News

HMRC’s requirement to correct
20/02/2018 - More...
The new requirement to correct (RTC) legislation was introduced by the Finance (No.2) Act 2017. The legislation created

More on inheritance tax shakeup
20/02/2018 - More...
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) provides advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. In a letter

Living abroad and selling UK home?
20/02/2018 - More...
A capital gains tax (CGT) charge on the sale of UK residential property by non-UK residents was introduced in April

Search News


Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news by e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the Newsletter
» Login