We're pretty sure none of these excuses were accepted by HMRC..

Completing a tax return is a chore taxpayers dread at this time of year. Millions put it off for months and file last minute - but there are always some who fail to make the cut-off. Last year the taxman heard some extremely suspect excuses. Here’s a selection of the best:

  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.
  • I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  • My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
  • Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  • I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  • My pet goldfish died.
  • After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn’t think of anything else.
  • I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
  • My husband told me the deadline was March 31st and I believed him.
  • I was in Australia.
  • My bad back means I can’t go upstairs and that’s where my tax return is.
  • A work colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
  • I had a run-in with a cow.

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