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Man claims 'aliens' delayed his tax return

Posted on Thursday, 18 January, 2018 | Comment icon 16 comments

Be wary of aliens when you do your taxes. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 swamp dragon
British tax authorities have released a list of some of the most ridiculous reasons for late tax returns.
While there are many legitimate reasons why someone may have failed to submit their tax return before the deadline, some of the excuses offered for late submissions are downright bizarre.

Perhaps the strangest of them all was the case of a man who claimed that he had been unable to file his tax return on time because his wife was seeing aliens and wouldn't let him in to the house.

There was also the case of a man who blamed his late tax return submission on the fact that he had been suffering from vertigo and was therefore unable to go upstairs to retrieve the documents.

Other excuses ranged from "I've spilled coffee on it" to "my business doesn't really do anything."

"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," said HMRC Director General of Customer Services Angela MacDonald.

"However, help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time."

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (16)

Tags: Tax, Aliens

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by DirtyDocMartens on 19 January, 2018, 14:00
I think what Hawkin is saying is that we can file between Januntil April, giving us nearly three months to prepare andsubmit last year's taxes. How long do you have?
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer on 19 January, 2018, 16:59
That's true is you file in quarters as an investor or business. For us common folks "working for the man every night and day", we don't get our W2's and other related formsuntil the end of January. even then, they are sometimes late.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawkin on 19 January, 2018, 23:09
The company I work for used to mail out W2's. Now we have to go online to the company website and print them out.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker on 20 January, 2018, 5:51
This pic is from Dr Who, right? So, maybe there was a Dr Who marathon going on and he forgot to get those taxes done. Seems like a legit reason to me...
Comment icon #11 Posted by ChaosRose on 20 January, 2018, 8:07
Maybe he saw They Live last night, too.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 23 January, 2018, 7:27
Man, I should have come up with that's nearly tax season here....
Comment icon #13 Posted by TripGun on 23 January, 2018, 16:41
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nostrodumbass on 24 January, 2018, 11:50
Is post probing treatment tax deductible?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jon the frog on 24 January, 2018, 18:22
Well if you get your paper to do it from your work and other institutions in mid january in both case... it's easier to get it done in april
Comment icon #16 Posted by Captain Risky on 25 January, 2018, 9:54
go one better and tell the tax man that the aliens would like to have you removed permanently from the tax registry.

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