Here are some excuses for late tax returns - I don't suggest you try any of them!
1. My pet goldfish died (self-employed builder); 2. I had a run-in with a cow [helpfully pictured above: Ed] (Midlands farmer); 3. After seeing a volcanic eruption on the news, I couldn't concentrate on anything else (London woman); 4. My wife won't give me my mail (self-employed trader); 5. My husband told me the deadline was 31 March, and I believed him (Leicester hairdresser); 6. I've been far too busy touring the country with my one-man play (Coventry writer); 7. My bad back means I can't go upstairs. That's where my tax return is (a working taxi driver); 8. I've been cruising round the world in my yacht, and only picking up post when I'm on dry land (South East man); 9. Our business doesn't really do anything (Kent financial services firm); and 10. I've been too busy submitting my clients' tax returns (London accountant).