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December 21. 2017

A broken laptop, a paper eating dog and a trip to Italy

The deadline to file your self-assessment tax return and pay any liabilities that are due is fast approaching, it is 31st January 2018. Less than 6 weeks to go!

You may have a reasonable reason for missing the deadline, but this has to be communicated with HMRC and there is no guarantee they will accept your reasons.


HMRC have published some of the excuses that are given for late filing;


1.   My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them

2.   I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns, but we have now fallen out

3.   My accountant has been ill

4.   My dog ate my tax return

5.   I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file

6.   My laptop broke, so did my washing machine

7.   My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online

8.   My husband ran over my laptop

9.   I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years

10. I had a cold which took a long time to go


The above excuses were used in appeals to HMRC against penalties for late filing. As you might guess, the appeals were unsuccessful.


You will receive £100 penalty for submitting your tax return after the deadline date. 


If you would like to chat about FBTC completing your accounts and tax returns, contact us now on 0344 984 2515 or email fbtcenquiries@fbtc.co.uk




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