January 15th, 2016

A rat ate it…

With the tax deadline of 31 January approaching HMRC have released their top 10 excuses they’ve been given by people who missed the deadline last year.

No surprise but these were all rejected as valid excuses.

1. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them

2. I’m not a paperwork-orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out

3. My accountant has been ill

4. My dog ate my tax return

5. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file

6. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine

7. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log-in details to complete my return online

8. My husband ran over my laptop

9. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years

10. I had a cold which took a long time to go

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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