If your tax return is late you risk a £100 fine unless you have got a very, very, very good excuse. Deceased goldfish and dogs who have predilection for eating paperwork, ex-wives doing unspeakable things to your personal possessions, or boyfriends accidentally putting your return in the washing machine on a boil wash, just doesn't cut it!
In fact, there is a department of depraved civil servants who sift through tax appeals poking fun at unfortunate individuals, whose belief in their ability to trick a government department sadly out strips their ability to put together a coherent strategy.
So the choices are either file your tax return on time or get laughed at by a faceless civil servant, then pay a fine.
If you decide to go 'off grid' and refuse to join the party by refusing to file a tax return at all, here is something that may make you change your mind about that clever idea.