“The dog ate my homework” – a time-honoured excuse that only an errant schoolchild would attempt… or so we thought. It turns out there are fully-grown, supposedly responsible adults out there who attempt similar excuses each time January 31st – the deadline for your self-assessment forms – rolls around.
Each year, HMRC shows that tax-folk have a sense of humour after all, by publishing some of the excuses they’ve received from people who missed the deadline. Here are 10 of our favourites, followed by a few tips on how to get yourself sorted before you have to start making excuses yourself.
(Hint: online accountants don’t get ill.)
Unsurprisingly, all of these excuses – each one an entirely genuine attempt – failed to pass muster with HMRC. Each of them will have received a minimum £100 fine, with added charges levied the longer the claimant failed to file their self-assessment.
Naturally, we at My Accountant Friend, do our utmost to get our clients’ self-assessments to HMRC well before the deadline. The fact that our software allows you to submit the forms at the click of a button helps matters hugely, but there are a few things we need to get in order before we can get you ship shape and ready to go. Here are our top tips.
Of course, if you’re in need of a helping hand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here and happy to help.
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