A decade of bizarre excuses for the late filing of a tax return

With just a few days to go until the 31 January self-assessment deadline, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a list of the strangest and most imaginative excuses and expense claims received over the past 10 years

From a mother-in-law putting a curse over someone, to hamsters eating the mail, and not being able to find a post box on a hike in the mountains, HMRC has heard them all. Someone even went as far as to claim £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days!

But, while some of the excuses are very funny, the filing of a tax return on time is in fact a more serious matter and can result in substantial penalties.

The deadline of 31 January 2020 for sending 2018-19 self-assessment tax returns to HMRC and paying any tax owed is fast approaching, so contact us for assistance and to ensure you remain compliant.

Our experts at Beavis Morgan take the hassle of dealing with HMRC away from you, so you don’t need to deal directly with them. We are also able to advise on all aspects of tax whether compliance or planning.

Please contact your usual Beavis Morgan Partner for further information and assistance.

If you have any concerns about your personal or business financial situation, our experts at our partner business, BM Advisory, are able to assist. We specialise in finding innovative solutions for businesses and individuals in distress. Contact Andy Pear or Mike Solomons of BM Advisory for more information and an initial free consultation.