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December 21, 2020

“The dog ate my tax return” and other late Self-Assessment excuses…

The end of 2020 is nigh. And no one will be sorry to see the back of this catastrophic year. As the rest of the country wind down for a well-earned festive break, we’ll be gearing up for our busiest season as we get ever closer to the 31st January self-assessment deadline.

After the year we’ve all had, it seems only fitting to end 2020 with a little light relief. We like to enjoy a chuckle every year as HMRC publish some of the more “imaginative” reasons for late returns so if you’re feeling stuck, here are of some of the creative excuses officially received that may prove (not so) useful if time has got away from you…

“The dog ate my tax return”

“I’m too short to reach the post-box”

“My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me”

“My boiler was broken and my fingers were too cold to type”

“I was up a mountain in Wales with no WIFI”

“I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me and my third maid was very slow to learn.”

“My accountant was sick” *

Whilst they may produce a glimmer of a smile even in the most hardened of tax man, HMRC unsurprisingly didn’t accept any of the above excuses. So, in order to avoid those late payment charges don’t go blaming poor Rover again! We’ve just marked 40 years of accountancy expertise here in Fife, so if you require any advice, don’t hesitate to drop us a call on 01334 654 030.

And remember…

Why did Santa get in trouble with the tax man? He missed the deadline on his elf-assessment.

We wish everyone a very peaceful and merry Christmas season and look forward to a new year of health, happiness and hope in 2021.

(*Accountants don’t get sick in January.)