The Telegraph reports that up to 250,000 pensioner who, because of errors on their tax codes, have unwittingly underpaid tax will have their underpaid tax debt written off.
Seemingly they would have an excellent claim against any demand sent out by HMRC, because the tax on their pensions should have automatically been deducted at the correct level, and there was no way for individuals to check for mistakes.
Interestingly the individual write offs will be made in "secret", ie the affected pensioners won't know anyhting about it, as the tax demands have not actually yet been sent out.
The intriguing question that has not yet been answered is, if those who underpaid had no way of knowing that their tax affairs were in error, what about those who have overpaid?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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