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Wednesday, 7 April 2010

HMRC Inhabits Time/Space Paradox

Oh dear it would appear that HMRC are inhabiting some form of time/space vortex that enables them to state and believe two contradictory "facts" at the same time.

HMRC recently sent my dear old mum two letters:

- One (a tax assessment) stating that she had overpaid her tax

- The other (a coding notice) stating that she had underpaid her tax

Normally, in the real world, such a paradox could not exist. However, in HMRC's world such a paradox is the norm.

Suffice to say, one letter is correct the other is incorrect.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Are you sure that one of the letters are correct? Maybe she paid the correct tax but HMRC do not have a procedure to cover that.

  2. It is possible that both are correct. The assessment could be for, say, 2008/09, and the coding notice for 2010/11 shows an underpayment arising from a code reduction in 09/10. Does happen.

  3. Serveral of the 2010/2011 Coding Notices have 'potential' underpayments relating to the 2009/10 year... so as the previous user suggested, both letters may be correct.