The top 10 worse excuses for late filing of tax returns

The top ten worse excuses for late filing of tax returns, courtesy of the good people at HMRC –

  1. Topping the list, is “my pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.” 
  2. Second, the very odd “I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.”
  3. The poor taxpayer at number three “fell in with the wrong crowd.”
  4. A Jason Bourne sound-alike can’t escape HMRC… “I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
  5. Four has a very famous accountant indeed: “Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.”
  6. Five is busy building a menagerie: “I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.”
  7. Six is the type to let their friends copy their homework: “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,” hasn’t ever heard of wi-fi or postboxes 
  9. Nine has more pressing matters: “My girlfriend’s pregnant.”
  10. And the final excuse was living it up: “I was in Australia.”

Happy new year and only 24 days left to get that return in….

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