The ATO has released six of the boldest excuses that have been used for failing to lodge a tax return on time.
Sometimes there are various reasons that Australians are unable to lodge their tax return by the deadline, however some can be very questionable. ATO assistant commissioner said some Australians put off lodging because they believe they will owe money, but that will only make matters worse. Payment will be due by November 21, regardless of when you lodge.
Some of the boldest excuses for failing to lodge on time include:
- “My paperwork flew out the car window when I was on my way to see the accountant.”
- “I have a condition that only allows me to work 30 minutes each week, so I couldn’t lodge.”
- “My ex-wife burnt everything belonging to me, including all of my tax records.”
- “My accountant has gone to prison,” he said that “he is working on it, but it’s taking longer than normal because he can’t access a computer.”
- Another Aussie said that he failed to lodge his tax returns between 2008 and 2015 because of a back injury he sustained in 2016.
The boldest excuse of them all would have to go to the tax payer who blamed the recent death of his father for failing to lodge his return. This would be a fair reason, however he used the same excuse in a previous year.
Lodging is now easier than ever because of the new technology and apps. There are ways to get help paying your tax debt if you have difficulties, but you still need to lodge before the October 31 deadline.
Article source: Tim McIntyre, news.com.au
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