HMRC Reveals The Bizarre and Weird Excuses for Late Self-assessment Tax Returns and Expense Claims Over the Last Decade

With the tax return deadline a week away, we thought we’d share some of the more imaginative excuses and expense claims HMRC have received over the last decade.

  • I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a post box or get an internet signal
  • My dog ate the post … again
  • Claiming £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days
  • My hamster ate my post
  • I’ve been cruising round the world in my yacht, and only picking up post when I’m on dry land
  • Pet food for a Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’
  • A DJ was too busy with a party lifestyle – spinning the deck….in a bowls club
  • My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me
  • My pet goldfish died (self-employed builder)
  • My husband told me the deadline was 31 March, and I believed him (Leicester hairdresser)
  • Our business doesn’t really do anything (Kent financial services firm)
  • I’ve been too busy submitting my clients’ tax returns (accountant)

  All the excuses and expenses listed above were unsuccessful!


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