With the personal Tax Return deadline of 31st January fast approaching, HMRC have revealed their top 10 all-time worst excuses for late submissions. Can they be beaten?

HMRC Tax Return Late Submission Excuses | Gorilla Contractor Accountants

1. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them.

2. I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out.

3. My accountant has been ill.

4. My dog ate my tax return.

5. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file.

6. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine.

7. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online.

8. My husband ran over my laptop.

9. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years.

10. I had a cold which took a long time to go.

Surprise surprise all these were used in unsuccessful appeals to HMRC.

Ruth Owen,HMRC Director General of 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. But for those who are trying to play the system, while the rest of us do the right thing, the message is clear: submit your tax return online by 31 January or face a fine. We’re here to help people in genuine distress, but not to act as a free lender to people who can’t meet their responsibilities to pay their tax.”

Don’t forget your personal Tax Return for the 2014-2015 tax year is due for submission and payment by 31st January 2016. Your Tax Return is included in our all-inclusive accountancy package priced at only £85 + VAT per month. Get in touch on 0330 024 0406. As contractor accountants, we are able to help you with your tax return. 

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