HMRC reveals worst late tax return excuses

Posted on: 08-02-2016

HMRC has published its list of the ten worst excuses for missing the self assessment filing deadline.

The excuses were all used in unsuccessful appeals against HMRC penalties for late 2014 tax returns, and the chosen top ten were:

Ruth Owen, HMRC director general for personal tax, said: ‘Untidy family members and hungry pets are very unlikely to be accepted as a legitimate excuse for completing your tax return late.

‘We understand that life can be unpredictable and for those customers who have a genuine excuse for missing the 31 January deadline, such as the flooding, help is on hand. My advice would be to contact us through our helplines or online, as soon as possible.’

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