Some excuses given by people for failing to file taxes on time are absolutely unbelievable and include the death of a pet goldfish and a run in with a cow!.
HM Revenue and Customs have compiled a list of weirdest reasons submitted by people for missing tax deadline.
While a woman in London claimed that after seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, she couldn't concentrate on anything else, a writer said that he had been far too busy touring the country with his one-man play.
A working taxi driver said that due to his bad back, he couldn't go upstairs to get his tax return.
A financial services firm alleged that their business doesn't really do anything and an accountant wanted the HMRC officials to believe that he couldn't file his tax return because he had been too busy submitting his clients' tax returns.