This example, shows the importance of accuracy in filling out your self-assessment tax return:

HMRC returned an annual Tax Return to a man in London after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly.

In response to the question, “Do you have anyone dependent upon you? the man had written: “2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads/drug addicts, 4.4 million Jeremy Kyle show scroungers, 90,000 criminals in over 85 prisons, plus 649 self serving, brazen-faced hypocritical liars in our Parliament and the 73 UK MEP EU Commission representation”.

HMRC stated that the response he gave was unacceptable, correct the form by the time allocated, or receive a flat rate penalty.

The mans reply to HMRC was: “Who did I miss out?”