My thanks to a loyal reader, who advised me of the problems that he has been having wrt submitting a client's tax forms:
"We have been sending forms to a tax office in Bristol for some years whenever a client has needed a certificate of residence to avoid the deduction of withholding tax by their foreign customers.I am surprised that the fact that the forms are not printed on both sides caused a problem. Surely double sided forms would be more problematic?
Now that HMRC have decided to streamline their operations, the last letter addressed to Bristol, enclosing Form 5000 EN in triplicate, was diverted. Whereas Bristol used to turn round the forms within a week, we waited a month for a reply, which came on Glasgow headed paper.
We are informed that these French forms are not acceptable to HMRC because they are not printed on both sides of the paper.
We have tried to speak to someone at HMRC about this, and we have been told by one helpline that the letter was generated at Portsmouth and by another that it was generated at Cardiff. In any case, no-one is available to speak to us, but someone should phone us within three days.
It looks like we may have to go to Francois Hollande and tell him to get his act together. We can't have the French Republic wasting paper, can we?
If we tell him that David Cameron finds his tax forms unacceptable I wonder what he will say?
Comments and opinions are welcome.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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