With the tax return deadline fast approaching, some taxpayers will face a genuine struggle to file their self-assessment on time. Others, however, encounter more dubious delays, as HMRC’s list of strangest excuses for late submissions reveals.

Tax returns are due on 31 January and submitting even one day late could land you a £100 fine. One would-be taxpayer pleaded for an exemption on the basis they had been placed under a witch’s curse – cast by their mother-in-law.

Tragic as the tale may be, HMRC didn’t buy it. This attempt at avoiding a fine was included in a list of ‘unbelievable excuses’, along with the most ‘dubious’ expenses claims, released by HMRC ahead of the upcoming deadline.

 

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