There is no excuse for missing any tax deadlines and unfortunately, HMRC does not accept excuses! However, some of them are quite funny, here is our list of favourite excuses:
“I failed to submit my tax return because…”
- “My bad back means I can’t go upstairs and that’s where my tax return is!”🚶
- “I had a run-in with a cow!”🐮
- “I’ve been cruising around the world in my yacht and only picking up post when I’m on dry land!”🛥️
- “My tax papers were left in my shed and a rat ate them!”🐀
- “My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type!”❄️
- “After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else!”🌋
- “A pirate stole all of my accounts!”🏴☠️
- “I was up a mountain in Wales, and I couldn’t find a postbox or get any signal!”🌄
- “My dog ate all of the tax returns and all of the reminders!”🐶
- “I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for five years!”🇮🇹
Now for a bonus one, this has got to be our favourite excuse of all time…
“I couldn’t file on time as my partner’s being seeing aliens and won’t allow me to enter the house!”👽
If you find yourselves making up excuses contact us today to help with any tax returns you may have outstanding. Remember excuses like this the HMRC will not take to them kindly at all!
Important Tax Dates
This is the final deadline for online tax returns unless the notice to make an online tax return was issued by HMRC after 31 October 2019, in which case you have three months from the date of issue. This is also the deadline to pay any tax due for paper and online filers.
It’s important to be aware that filing your tax return late, or failing to pay the tax you owe on time, will probably mean you face extra penalty fees and interest charges, starting from the very next day!
This is the end of the tax year and shortly after this date, anyone who is required to file a tax return will receive a notice advising that you must file a tax return for the tax year just ended.
This is the start of the tax year. Why? Well, that’s a story dating back to 1582, read all about it here!
This is the deadline for additional payments if you make advanced payments on your account (known as ‘payments on account’) but you don’t want to miss this one – there are penalties if you do!
This is the deadline for filing a paper tax return, whether you choose to work out how much tax your owe yourself or want HMRC to do it. However, if you receive notice that you must file a tax return after 31 July 2017, you’ll need to send back the completed form within three months of the notice’s date of issue.
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