Ahead of the tax return deadline next week, HMRC keeps us entertained with it’s list of Tax Return excuses and rejected expenses at self assessment season.
Each year, those who do not file their tax return ahead of the 31st January deadline, get in touch with HMRC, detailing the reasons why it is late.
Tax return excuses made by taxpayers for late filing
Here are a few examples of tax return excuses received:
- I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
- I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play.
- My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.
- My business doesn’t really do anything.
- I spilt coffee on it.
Worst expenses rejected by HMRC
As well as the excuses for late filing, HMRC also rejects any expense claims which are not wholly and exclusively incurred in business activities.
The worst expenses taxpayers have tried to include:
- A three-piece suite for my partner to sit on when I’m doing my accounts.
- Birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub.
- Vet fees for a rabbit.
- Hotel room service – for candles and prosecco.
- £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days.
The excuses and expenses listed above were all rejected.
HMRC stance on lateness and non genuine expense claims
Angela MacDonald, 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.”
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