Wealth Design News

While HMRC will accept late filing for cases where an individual has a reasonable excuse, for example, an illness, it appears that the excuses for late filing are becoming more bizarre than ever as reported by HMRC.
Below are some of the strangest excuses from the past year which we are sure will bring a smile to your face!
1. My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me
2. I’m too short to reach the post box
3. I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn
4. Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses
5. My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type

Even if a reasonable excuse is established, the taxpayer is expected to file without unreasonable delay once the excuse has ceased.
As well as unbelievable excuses, every year HMRC also receive some dubious expenses claims for unconvincing items like woolly underwear, family holidays and pet insurance for a dog.