Vertigo, ex partners and even ALIENS were among the out of this world excuses from self-employed people for failing to hand in their tax return on time.
Imaginative and eye-opening complaints were included in late expenses and excuses to the taxman last year and, unsurprisingly, all were rejected.
One cheeky businessman suggested his one-man play touring schedule prevented him from filling out the tax return, while another claimed his ex-wife left it upstairs but he was unable to collect it because he “suffered from vertigo”.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed the jaw-dropping excuses ahead of the annual deadline later this month.
One top excuse read: “I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
Another said: “I’ve been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play.”
Another said: “My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.”
Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: “Each year we’re making it easier and more intuitive for our customers to complete their tax return, but each year we still come across some questionable excuses, whether that’s blaming a busy touring schedule or seeing aliens.
“However, help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time.”
As well as excuses HMRC are also asked to sign off “questionable” items taxpayers try and expense — like a three-piece suite for their partner to sit in as they do accounts.
Taxpayers tried to expense vet fees for a rabbit, hotel room sevice for candles and prosecco, £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days — all rejected.
Late tax-returns are fined an initial £100 fixed penalty and after three months £10 daily penalties are charged up to a maximum of £900.
After six months self-employed people face further penalties where they are charged five percent of the tax due.
Ms MacDonald added: “We also receive absurd expense claims from vet fees for a rabbit to room service at a hotel.
“It is unfair to make honest taxpayers pick up the bill for other people’s spurious claims, so HMRC will only accept sincere claims such as legitimate expenses for a job.
“If you think you might miss the January 31 deadline, get in touch with us now — the earlier we’re contacted, the more help we can offer.”