Excuses, excuses: Tax return deadline

US President Barack Obama. Photoi: Jewel Samad AFP/Getty
US President Barack Obama. Photoi: Jewel Samad AFP/Getty
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The most unsuccessful excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline have been revealed by HM Revenue and Customs with one claiming a pet dog had eaten tax return forms and the reminders.

Others blamed girlfriends, work colleagues and even Barack Obama.

Official information: Personal tax self assessment - HM Revenue & Customs at www.gov.uk.