Ten of the most terrible excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline

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Ten of the most terrible excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline have been revealed today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The excuses were all used in unsuccessful appeals againstHMRC penalties for late filing and payment. Here’s the full list:

  1. My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  2. I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.
  3. I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  4. I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
  5. Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  6. I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  7. A work colleague borrowed my tax return, to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
  8. I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
  9. My girlfriend’s pregnant.
  10. I was in Australia.

For more information please visit www.gov.uk

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