Self Assessment Late Filing Excuses

With Christmas and New Year becoming a distant memory, the accountants at Clever Accounts quickly turn their attention to the looming self assessment tax deadline.

As with every year, the deadline to file a self assessment tax return is 31st January otherwise a penalty will be imposed by HMRC.  Each year, many individuals fail to submit their tax return by the deadline.  In 2017, seven percent failed to meet the deadline, netting the government in-excess of £87 million in fines.

As each year goes by, the reasons given for failing to submit a tax return before the filing date get more varied and even more bizarre.

Word of warning, don’t try any of these as each one failed in their quest to quash the filing penalty imposed by HMRC.

  1. “My tax return was on my yacht…which caught fire”
  2. “A wasp in my car caused me to have an accident and my tax return, which was inside, was destroyed”
  3. “My wife helps me with my tax return, but she had a headache for ten days”
  4. “My dog ate my tax return…and all of the reminders”
  5. “I couldn’t complete my tax return because my husband left me and took our accountant with him. I am currently trying to find a new accountant”
  6. “My child scribbled all over the tax return, so I wasn’t able to send it back”
  7. “I work for myself, but a colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it and lost it”
  8. “My husband told me the deadline was the 31 March”
  9. “My internet connection failed”
  10. “The postman doesn’t deliver to my house”

Pretty much any excuse will be given when a filing penalty notice drops on your doorstep because you either forgot to file your return, or was late.  Don’t let this happen this year!

Our advice, as ever, is to ensure you leave plenty of time before the deadline.  You never know what could happen to prevent you from filing the return the nearer the deadline approaches.  Do you want to risk your excuse making this top 10 next year?!

Posted by Chris Mollan