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The excuses faced by taxmen

Many doctors’ accountants were working frantically last month to help late-comers meet the 31 January self-assessment tax deadline.

For those who missed it, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said help will always be provided for people with a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time.

Recent rejected excuses include:

  1. I couldn’t file my return on time, as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
  2. My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.
  3. My business doesn’t really do anything.

HMRC has also revealed some questionable expenses which tax payers tried to claim for, including:

  • A three-piece suite ‘for my partner to sit on when I’m doing my accounts’;
  • Vet fees for a rabbit;
  • Hotel room service for candles and prosecco.

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