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UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by Ken Dunn on 7 June 2008 9:12pm
 
It's a long story but briefly, a year ago I spent a long time and a lot of money sorting out HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) misinterpretation of our tax credits return for the 4 previous years.

Today they send me a letter for one of the years saying we owe them nearly £2,000 for 2003/4.

A few months back they sent me a letter saying these previous years were sorted and I wouldn't have to pay any more money back (because of their mistake).

I think half of the tax systems in the UK should be binned and the whole lot left to income tax alone.

My wife wanted to bash the tax people with her 'stookie' this afternoon. They send the letters to arrive on Saturday when there are very few staff on their phone lines and all you get is the 'high volume of calls' - 'call back later' message.

Hmmmph!
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by tucsonmike on 8 June 2008 1:36am
 
Ken, it sounds like the U.S. Tax Code, which probably only three people in the entire nation understand (one of those went mad and committed suicide, a second is mumbling to herself on a psychiatric ward).
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by vlad all over on 8 June 2008 9:09am
 
You're not alone Ken, I have a horror story of my own which I won't bore you with although I did eventually get compensation of £80 from them for all the stress they caused. If you haven't done so already you should complain in writing and keep doing so until they compensate you. I think they can award up to £1000 depending on the level of their incompetency and how much stress they have caused you.

The tax credit department is shambolic. It's possibly the worst run department I've ever come into contact with and I can't remember the last time our renewal went through smoothly.
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2008 9:14am
 
There is two sorts of tax in the the UK, PAYE ( pay as you earn ) and pay as you choose ( for the rich bastards. ).
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by kazzzz on 8 June 2008 9:24am
 
What about the third option, the one for the mega rich..Tax Avoidance?
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2008 9:35am
 
That's what I meant, silly. :)
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by kazzzz on 8 June 2008 9:40am
 
Ohh yeah missed that one, been a long day, lost my purse and all that and fouund it again after a panic attack...bah!
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2008 9:58am
 
Karen ! You need looking after. :)
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by kazzzz on 8 June 2008 10:08am
 
Well Kathryn was there she arranged for us to retrace our steps while reassuring me while I panicked. She's a gem, really.
 
Re: UK Tax Credits - what a shambles! by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2008 10:27am
 
Kathryn seems so like my Marianne, they are both gorgeous. I, as you know, call her Rascal, she is far from that, I called her that on the very minute she was handed to me when she was born. I love her so much.
 
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