'My mother-in-law put a curse on me': 10 terrible tax excuses

That's right, it's back! HM Revenue & Customs has released its annual list of worst excuses for missing the self-assessment deadline

That's right, it's back! HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released its annual list of worst excuses for missing the self-assessment deadline.

This year the excuses do not disappoint. They are wild, weird and wonderfully imaginative.

On a serious note, Angela MacDonald, HMRC director general of customer services, (possibly paraphrasing Harry Potter's Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore) said:

'Help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time but it’s unfair to the majority of honest taxpayers when others make bogus claims,' she said.

'If you think you might miss the 31 January deadline, get in touch with us now. The earlier we’re contacted, the more we can help.'

That's right, it's back! HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released its annual list of worst excuses for missing the self-assessment deadline.

This year the excuses do not disappoint. They are wild, weird and wonderfully imaginative.

On a serious note, Angela MacDonald, HMRC director general of customer services, (possibly paraphrasing Harry Potter's Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore) said:

'Help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time but it’s unfair to the majority of honest taxpayers when others make bogus claims,' she said.

'If you think you might miss the 31 January deadline, get in touch with us now. The earlier we’re contacted, the more we can help.'

Excuse number one:

My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me...

 

Excuse number two:

I'm too short to reach the post box...

 

Excuse number three:

I was just too busy: my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn...

 

Excuse number four:

Our junior member of staff registered our client in self-assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses...

 

Excuse number five:

My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type...

 

HMRC also listed some rather imaginative expenses claims, including:

A carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs...

 

 

£40 on extra woolly underwear, for five years...

£756 for pet dog insurance...

A music subscription so I can listen to music while I work...

A family holiday to Nigeria!

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