The 10 worst excuses for filing a tax return late

The rush to meet the annual Self Assessment tax deadline is well and truly upon us.

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Those who need to complete the Self Assessment must do so online by 31 January if they wish to avoid a £100 penalty.

But for some people, the temptation to put it off just a little longer is too much to resist. With that in mind, HMRC has published a list of the ten worst excuses - some serious, some not so serious - given at appeal by taxpayers who had failed to file their return.

Read the list below.

1. My pet dog ate my tax return and all the reminders

2. I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or internet signal

3. I fell in with the wrong crowd

4. I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency

5. Barack Obama is in charge of my finances

6. I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs

7. A work colleague borrowed my tax return, to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back

8. I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park

9. My girlfriend’s pregnant

10. I was in Australia

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