Every year, following the 31 January self-assessment (SA) deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives a number of interesting excuses for not completing tax returns on time. Recent excuses include:
These are unlikely to wash with HMRC as they will not be seen as ‘reasonable’. All of the above are therefore likely to suffer a £100 penalty or significantly higher penalties for lengthy delays.
As well as the excuses, HMRC also receives some questionable claims for supposedly tax-deductible expenditure:
All of the above claims were rejected, although we think that the vet fees for a rabbit would have been allowable if being claimed by a professional magician as long as he could have argued that they were incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily for the purposes of his trade!
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