As the 2017 Self-Assessment tax return deadline looms closer, HMRC have published a whimsical yet timely reminder to taxpayers to file their return by 31st January otherwise face a £100 penalty. Whilst the Revenue have said they will be lenient towards those who file late but have a genuine reason that prevented them from doing so, flimsy excuses will not cut the mustard.
Each year HMRC receives a number of imaginative and creative late filing excuses, with most recent ones including:
As well as the excuses, some taxpayers have claimed some questionable expenses:
Needless to say, all of the above excuses and expense claims fell flat on their face.
Angela McDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, 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.
We also receive absurd expense claims from vet fees for a rabbit to room service at a hotel. It is unfair to make honest taxpayers pick up the bill for other people’s spurious claims, so HMRC will only accept sincere claims such as legitimate expenses for a job.
If you think you might miss the 31 January deadline, get in touch with us now – the earlier we’re contacted, the more help we can offer.”