A loyal reader has written to me about a problem that she is having with HMRC, wrt her tax return and a seemingly spurious fine of £600.
She has given me permission to post her letter on this site:
"Hi, I thought it appropriate to let you know about my experience, as it may be happening to many others.Has anyone else experienced a similar problem this year?
I completed my tax return late - on 1st May. Granted although I didn't earn enough to pay any tax, I copped for the 100 penalty. However, I did submit my tax return and got a long receipt number, which I wrote down manually.
I was very concerned when I got a letter a few week later to say that my tax return had still not been received. I have been unable to get through on their telephone system as I was kept hanging on for age, with no indication how long it would take to get through. I therefore wrote to HMRC to state that I had indeed submitted my return, the time and date and I provided them with my receipt number. I asked them to explain why my return was not on their system and to advise me what to do, as I would prefer not to complete it again.
Several weeks later they have not acknowledged my letter and are now trying to charge me £600! If they had responded to my letter and advised that my return could not be found on their system I could at least have re-done my return at a much earlier stage. Now I am panicking, as I don\'t have that kind of money and this penalty is not warranted by any means.
I would be interested to know if there are many other people facing this predicament."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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