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The worst excuses for late tax returns.

With the Tax deadline date of January 31st rapidly approaching, we asked our resident tax gurus what the worst ever excuse for filing late tax returns they have ever heard.

We don’t know if they are true, or apocryphal, but we know they made us laugh.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and Stuart Coleman, Manager of the Tax Department of ABDS comments:

“HMRC have issued a list of the worst excuses they have recieved over the years and these are a few of our favourites:”
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 March 31, 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)
We hope you found these as amusing as we did, but there is a serious side to this matter with HMRC issuing fines of £100 for late returns

This year, 10.9 million people are due to file tax returns this month, which has been inflated by changes to Child Benefit. Any household with an individual earning more than £50,000 must now complete the form if they still receive the benefit.

If you are unsure and need any help and advice on Self Assessment or want the burden taken off your hands, contact the ABDS Tax Department Now.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
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