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Sorry Excuses for Late Tax Returns

From hungry dogs to hard luck stories, HMRC has revealed some of the most bizarre excuses for late filing of tax returns.

Here are ten of the most outlandish reasons why people failed to file a tax return on time:

  1. My pet dog ate my tax return...and all the reminders.
  2. I was up a mountain in Wales and couldn't find a postbox or get an internet signal.
  3. I fell in with the wrong crowd.
  4. I've been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
  5. Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
  6. I've been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
  7. A work colleague borrowed my tax return to photocopy it and didn't give it back.
  8. I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
  9. My girlfriend is pregnant.
  10. I was in Australia.

Of course you can save yourself the need to think up an excuse by planning early for filing your tax return, and Wise & Co is always on hand to help.

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