"A wasp in my car
caused me to have an accident and my tax return, which was
inside, was destroyed," was another, while several blamed
children, partners or colleagues for inadvertently destroying
"It's easy to see that some excuses for not completing a tax
return on time can be more questionable than others," said Ruth
Owen, HMRC Director General of Customer Services.
"But there will always be help and support available for those
who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on
time," she added in a statement.
Generally, taxpayers who self-assess must meet a deadline on
Jan. 31 each year to complete their forms and pay outstanding
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs office (HMRC) said it expects
to receive around 11 million self-assessment return forms this
"My wife helps me with my tax return, but she had a headache for
ten days" was one unsuccessful appeal against the HMRC's penalty
for late filing, which starts at 100 pounds ($124).
Others, however, were more simple in their approach: "The
postman doesn’t deliver to my house."
(Reporting by Adela Suliman; editing by Stephen Addison)
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