Self Assessment time is a hard time to be a freelancer, especially for the disorganised. With that in mind, we thought we’d document some of the finest Self Assessment-related gripes on Twitter and document them here for posterity. Perhaps this will serve as a motivator next year for those who didn’t file on time and were subject to HMRC’s penalty hammer.
T-minus 24 hours
Tax return done – Jury service arrives! I am being trolled by the state.
— Willard Foxton (@WillardFoxton) January 31, 2013
ah the smug feeling of having submitted tax return nice and early this year… think I paid more than most multinationals this year!
— Rob Sheppard (@robtheshep) January 31, 2013
Can’t put it off any longer. The tax self-assessment needs doing today or I’m in trouble…maybe time for another cup of tea.
— Alistair Sinclair (@Alistair1965) January 31, 2013
Tax deadline and transfer deadline. Who put these two together and what bellend puts off their tax return until now? This bellend
— Rich Gittins (@RichGittins) January 31, 2013
Woke up in a mild panic last night figuring I hadn’t done my tax return. Discovered I had, though not without HMRC’s site giving me a BSOD.
— Archbishop Elaine (@scattermoon) January 31, 2013
Online tax return done. Submit…not working…click submit again…still won’t work…How much is the fine again?…WORK! Tax is taxing…
— alastair thoms mills (@zarbimale) January 31, 2013
After I file my tax return I like to imagine I’m the person/robot receiving it, laughing. “HE KNOWS NOTHING OF OUR WORLD! HAHA! IDIOT!”
— Edward Ferrow (@edferrow) January 31, 2013
I don’t recommend 5am panic #taxreturn ammendments whilst reciting lines and fighting the urge to wank.
— David McCusker (@david_mccusker) January 31, 2013
ugh, tax return panic: completed the form ages ago but been waiting for a bill not realisig u r just supposed to pay.. by today. argh!
— Arien (@_arien) January 31, 2013
Don’t want to seem smug to all you people still to do their tax return but I did mine a year ago.
— Scott Nellis (@scott_nellis) January 31, 2013
HMRC officially own my arse. This month I’ve paid CTax, VAT and self assessment. Can I pay myself? Can I f***
— Rob King (@robking) January 31, 2013
My tax return is done but I’m not filing it until 23:59. Take that, The Man. #anarchy
— Benny Mascarpone (@MassMvmt) January 31, 2013
HMRC I effing hate you… and I especially hate your call centre workers #taxreturn
— Stephanie Holland (@StephLHolland) January 31, 2013
T-minus 24 hours
#Britishbureaucracy at its finest- anyone else trying to make an online self-assessment payment to discover HMRC system is down?
— talyat (@talyat) January 31, 2013
Tax return deadline today and tempers are a tad fraught in the office to say the least….. #gladwhenitsallover
— Judy Seddon (@JudeSeddon1969) January 31, 2013
This deadline day I’m in a total mess – the self assessment tax payment page keeps crashing… #STRESS
— DogFace (@DogFaceRefWatch) January 31, 2013
Trying to file last b****y tax return and HMRC are rejecting it due to “body tag” error! Argh
— Richard Shaul (@ChandlersCA) January 31, 2013
One tax return filed. My dad thinks I’m bonkers filing my return at the 11th hour. But, man, what a buzz… system only went down 3 times!
— Steve O’Hear(@sohear) January 31, 2013
Tax return chaos – HMRC is having problems with their Bill Pay service that customers use to pay their tax by credit card or debit card!
— Jon Dudgeon (@BluSkyTax) January 31, 2013
But seriously how do I even do my tax return? I’m so confused. Do I, like, take it somewhere? What’s going on?
— Ross Marcinizyn (@RossM5135) January 31, 2013
I’ve got less than 8 hours to complete my tax return thingy, and I have still got none of the things I need to do so. This is going well.
— Gina Lyons (@GinaLyons) January 31, 2013
Tax return done, self assessment paid. Middle finger raised to HMRC.Leaving a very bitter taste these days.
— DarrelBirkett (@DarrelBirkett) January 31, 2013
This stupid self assessment is making me mad all I want for is put the figures in and go!! Oh no not that easy well it can stuff off!!
— Michelle Howarth (@Chellelh73) January 31, 2013
my self assessment can bugger off, what a load of tish!!
— holl (@HollieeLauren) January 31, 2013
In the final throes of Self Assessment filling, figures disagreeing wildly, how to ramp up the pressure? Pour hot chocolate into the laptop.
— Pete Boyd (@pete_boyd) January 31, 2013
That AWESOME feeling after you’ve completed your online self-assessment… Aaaaaaand relax!
— Umoya Photography (@UmoyaPhotos) January 31, 2013
Why oh why do I do it every yr leave my bloody self assessment till the last minute!
— Dan Webster(@outsidebars) January 31, 2013
F @£k HMRC and F @£k Self-Assessment!! They have purposely designed the system to mind boggle u.
— Ebele Tate (@TateTowers) January 31, 2013
Self Assessment completed with 21 minutes to spare. #cuttingitfine
— Rianna Clark (@rianaclark) January 31, 2013
Fuck you, tax return. For another year.
— Mandy Bhari (@mandybhari) January 31, 2013
‘Self Assessment submission online successfully received on 2013-01-31 23:59:38.994′ #cuttingitfine
— Zoie Kennedy (@zoieart) February 1, 2013
Deadline? What deadline?
SHIT . . . Tax return ! Oooooops
— Ken (@ken_roberts81) February 1, 2013
So it’s official, I didn’t file my tax return on time… Come at me HMRC!!
— Dean Elliott (@one9eightfive) February 1, 2013
Until next year, Self Assessors!
Photo by William Warby