Mentally Ill Woman Had ‘Reasonable Excuse’ for Chaotic Tax Affairs

Mentally Ill Woman Had ‘Reasonable Excuse’ for Chaotic Tax Affairs Filling in personal tax returns can be burdensome and that is particularly so for those who suffer from mental illness. In one unusual case that highlighted the issue, a tribunal found that a woman’s paranoid schizophrenia amounted to a reasonable excuse for her long-term failure to keep her tax affairs in order. Over a number of years, the woman had only put in sporadic returns and had failed to pay Income Tax when it fell due. As a result, HM Revenue and Customs had issued her with numerous surcharges and late payment penalties. Although most of them were for only…