ATO reveals boldest excuses for late tax lodgement


FROM jailed accountants to rare conditions and arsonist ex-spouses, the ATO has heard some cracking excuses from Aussies who failed to lodge their tax returns on time.
Now, with less than one month left to lodge 2016/17 returns before the deadline of October 31, the ATO has released a list of the six boldest excuses officers have received in recent years.

My paperwork flew out the car window when I was on my way to see the accountant,” read one, while another claimed “I have a condition that only allows me to work 30 minutes each week, so I couldn’t lodge.”

Sometimes, it was other people who were deemed to be at fault.

“My ex-wife burnt everything belonging to me, including all of my tax records,” one late lodger claimed.

“My accountant has gone to prison,” said another, explaining “he is working on it, but it’s taking longer than normal because he can’t access a computer.”

One chronologically confused Aussie claimed he had failed to lodge returns between 2008 and 2015 due to a back injury he sustained in 2016.

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