HMRC reveals bizarre tax return excuses of 2017
By Tom Carnegie, 19 Jan 18
Spilt coffee, a wife who sees aliens and vertigo were just some of the excuses HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) received in 2017 from people who failed to file their tax returns. Click through the slides to see some of the other intriguing excuses and some of the wildly optimistic expense claims the organisation received.
Angela MacDonald, HMRC director general of customer services said the organisation is making it easier and more intuitive for people to complete their tax returns.
“But each year we still come across some questionable excuses, whether that’s blaming a busy touring schedule or seeing aliens.
“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,” MacDonald said.