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Our very efficient tax office wrote to me this morning reminding me that I still owe them an amount of money. This, apparently, has been outstanding for a while and requires my immediate attention as the details of the debt have already been passed on to their collections department. I was a bit puzzled by this, but it's not unheard of, so I prepared to contact my accountant while looking for my chequebook. I the re-read the letter and spotted the amount they are chasing. £0.00

Yep, they've sent me a letter wanting a payment of £0.00 by return.

I know this is nothing more than a computer generated letter, but what's the procedure here? Do I send them a cheque for £0.00 so the file can be closed? Will common sense prevail before the baliffs are instructed (no doubt at my cost) to recover £0.00? Will the amount, or lack of, simply be added to next year's bill? If I phone the HMRC office will the person at the other end be able to fix this, or will they just request I send them £0.00? Should I just file the letter in the round filing cabinet? Would Esther Rantzen be interested in this? What if I faxed them a picture of a spider with 7 legs?

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Bloody tax-dodger! :lol:

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They are quite a special bunch. My wife has had 5 identical letters from them giving her the same tax code over the period of 2 weeks .................. and its still the wrong code.

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HMRC IMHO are a complete bunch of...............people who are scared that they will lose their jobs in the current round of cutbacks.

I am told I have to pay an amount of money by 31 Jan, this being tax on tax-free redundancy FFS, and half that amount again on the same day for next year on account!

I phoned them, they realised the error but told me I had to put it in writing. So I wrote to them but 6 weeks later I got a payment reminder. I phoned them again and they said ignore it, they would acknowledge receipt of my letter when they got around to dealing with it.

You never know Graham, we could end up in the same prison cell!

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Pilko, dont you have a little man to care of such affiars? Hows a secret agent playboy supposed to do his job if he is busy sorting paperwork out? Surely a quick work to Q and this will all be sorted, what eh? Old Boy!!

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stop winging and pay your taxes like the rest of us :lol: :lol:

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Nope. Stuff that. Ring 'em and tell you'll never pay. Tell them to take you to court. Then when the judge sees what a bunch of pillocks they've been, you'll get court costs and then hit them for the waste of your time. You could come out in front!

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No idea on the official line but I'd be tempted to write back and enquire about an instalment option. :)

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I would pay up now or else they will slap you with a £100 fine and interest on the original sum.

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In amongst all the more humorous responses, I'd just write back politely explaining that you are confused by a tax demand for zero, and ask them to reply, informing you how to respond. Common sense will prevail and they should formally write back closing the issue.

I'm in the middle of an ongoing 3 year battle with them over an amount I don't owe. To be fair it's been caused by my last employer, not the HMRC. What I have discovered though is that they are ordinary people who react in normal ways. The trouble with just sending in for example a zero amount cheque, is if it crosses the wrong persons desk they may not appreciate the humour, and then its like sticking your foot into a wasps nest. They can be very vindictive if they have the mindset to do so.

Better to be polite, and business like, while formally knocking the ball back into their court.

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I think its time to set up that offshore tax haven! To really screw them up send them a check for 1p and ask for a credit on next years taxes!

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You're absolutely right Alex. I'll give Mr Cameron a call later. :D

You could call Mr Cable as he has some spare time these days.

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I've never had a good impression of HMRC. My tax affairs have always been rediculously simple. When I was emplyed I was PAYE so everything was taken at source and I never had any investments, unearned income, property, capital gains, or anything to make the sums even vaguely tricky. As a result I could always work out what my tax bill should be on the back of an envelope in about 3 minutes (most of that time was looking up the tax band thresholds). Using the official tax return made it about 100 times more complex and took about 3 hours to arrive at the same number. The actual tax taken was never correct and they always owed me money from a few pounds to a few hundred. I never understood how they could get it that wrong. Since I've been able to submit my return on line I have - and they continue to get the sums wrong. Presumably because my stuff is so simple, for a few years now they have not required me to submit a return. So far I have always done so anyway as a means to highlight how much they owe me. Interesting dilemma this year. For the first time it turns out that I owe them - although only about £40. Thing is I have the latest letter (received earlier this year) saying I dont need to make a submission - so I haven't. But I've also just had an email today saying that I need to submit my return by Dec 31. Hmmmm. On the one hand.....on the other....

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HMRC have 80,000 employees. Only 3 of these have a slight clue, the rest have none! :lol:

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Man up Pilko and pay the money you dont owe :gathering:

Caught between a rock and a hard place in a catch 22 situation, So its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Your damned if you do, but your damned if you don't so shut your cock!!!!!!!!!!!

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Graham,

after our discussion in the kitchen I will still gladly continue to file in 26 different countries....because what you have to deal with will be a nightmare...

I have a great international accountant if you ever need one...

best of luck...you know what will happen right?...you will think it all cleared up and then three years later as you are going on holiday the custom agents will detain you because of failure to pay back taxes...

No matter...enjoy your Christmas...

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