In the event that you are running behind on your taxes this year, let me take this opportunity to remind you that “alien sightings” will not be a valid excuse for not filing.
For example, somebody last year ditched the tried and true “dog ate my tax return” excuse and opted for a much more believable “I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.” Needless to say, that one didn’t work.
HMRC officials were equally unimpressed with someone who said their ex-wife had left the tax return upstairs and they couldn’t retrieve it because they suffered from vertigo.
“Each year we still come across some questionable excuses,” said Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services. “However, help will always be provided for those who have a genuine excuse for not submitting their return on time,” she added in a statement.
Keep thinking up those “genuine excuses” folks.