3 January 2014 | Taxation
Courtesy of HMRC…
The following bizarre, exotic and flimsy excuses have all been used by tardy taxpayers who have been late in lodging their tax return:
All of these people and businesses received a £100 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for filing late. They appealed against the decision using these excuses, but were unsuccessful.
HMRC’s Director General of Personal Tax, Ruth Owen, said:
“There will always be unforeseen events that mean a taxpayer could not file their tax return on time. However, your pet goldfish passing away isn’t one of them.
If you haven’t yet sent your 2012 to 2013 tax return to HMRC, you need to do it online and pay the tax you owe by the end of January. With all the help and advice available, there’s no excuse not to.”
Better still, we recommend using a skilled and qualified accountant – such as Nicolson Accountancy – to minimise your tax liabilities.
We can never guarantee to get penalties waived, but where genuine and reasonable circumstances arise, we can help you attempt to mitigate them.
The information provided is for general information purposes only.
Legislation and details may have changed since this was written. The text may not include all matters that are relevant to your individual situation.
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