Excuses that just won’t be accepted by H M Revenue & Customs

The deadline for Self Assessment Tax Returns is 31 January 2019 to avoid an automatic penalty. Each year H M Revenue & Customs receive a number of unbelievable and bizarre excuses so we thought we would share some of them with you (and please don’t try them yourself, they won’t work!).

Some of the most bizarre excuses HMRC received from customers who missed the Self Assessment deadline include being too short to reach the post box and having fingers too cold to type. Here are some of the strangest from the past year:

  1. my mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me
  2. I’m too short to reach the post box
  3. I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn
  4. Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses
  5. My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type

This is an extract from an article on the H M Revenue & Customs website. The full article can be found here.

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