Have you left it late?
Cast an eye over our 9 telltale signs and see if they sound familiar to you…
You don’t where to begin
In hindsight maybe it would have been wiser to take heed of those reminders.
You feel like taking a hammer to HMRC’s website
No wonder you left it this late. A glossary wouldn’t go amiss… nor would a stiff drink.
You’re in a paper finding panic
Strange forms, bills from yonks back, invoices from ages ago – you need them all apparently. Suddenly a filing system doesn’t seem so square.
You see numbers everywhere
Your vision resembles Neo’s in Matrix after hours spent looking at figures, an array of receipts and invoices giving the world a numerical glow.
You wish you used an accountant
It’ll be easy, you thought. ‘Tax doesn’t have to be taxing’ they said.
You’re thinking up outrageous excuses to get you off the hook
Pesky pets? Obama’s policies? Evading espionage overseas? The bigger the fib the better, the more wild the more chance it’ll work (you hope).
You’re seeking others in the same boat
It’s comforting to know you’re not the only one in Self Assessment hell, so you’re searching the web for others sharing your predicament
You fear for the future of your bank balance
As much as you wish you’d been sloppy, all the figures are in fact, correct. Time for another stiff drink – if you can still afford it.
You promise yourself you won’t make the same mistake next year
That was pretty tense. Here’s to a more tranquil tax return next time…