The Independent reports that, predictably, the tax coding cock up has led to a surge of phone calls to HMRC which HMRC are simply not able to handle.
"Time after time readers report the frustration of trying to speak to someone at HMRC to put things right about their tax code.
'I spent three weeks trying to get through, beginning at 8 o'clock each morning and then at various times during the day,' says Robert Oliver of Essex. 'I finally managed to get through at 7:50 am on a Friday morning – 10 minutes before the line is officially open.'
'The system seems to be in meltdown with too many tax offices apparently dealing with people's tax affairs at random. resulting in a true cock-up and a lot of worry for people like myself,' says R J Patterson of Cumbria."
The problems will become worse.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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