Thursday, 9 September 2010


A couple of days ago I wrote about Revenue and Customs’ new computer having made a mess of the tax of millions of people.

The Daily Telegraph has prepared a letter with the aid of its legal experts which, if you are one of the unlucky ones, I hope you will find useful.

Clearly Munguin’s Republic takes no responsibility for the likely reply of “sod off and pay up” that you will probably get.!!

Dear Sir,

I have received your tax calculation for the tax year [enter year(s) here].

You will appreciate that your letter came as a shock to me. I had every reason to suppose that my tax affairs were in order. I had thought that all the tax that I was due to pay was deducted under PAYE. I believe that the underpayment has arisen because you failed to take action upon relevant information already in your possession for the year(s) in question.

Then, if you owe money from the 2008/09 tax year, use this:

You are asking me to pay tax in respect of the year to April 5, 2009. It is therefore more than 12 months since the end of that tax year. Therefore, I believe that I am entitled to make a claim under Extra Statutory Concession A19 for this tax to be waived. I feel that you failed to make proper use of the facts you had been given about my sources of income. You allowed the arrears to build up by failing to make proper and timely use of information that you had been given.

Or, if you owe money from the 2009/10 tax year, use this:

You are asking me to pay tax in respect of the year to April 5, 2010. You may have informed me of the arrears within 12 months of the tax-year ending, but I feel that the ‘exceptional circumstances’ condition of Extra Statutory Concession A19 applies to me because you failed to make proper use of the facts you had been given about my sources of income.

Then, finally:

Payment of this tax would represent a significant hardship to me whether as a direct payment or through an adjustment to my notice of coding next year. I am therefore requesting that under the provisions of ESC A19 the whole of the underpayment as shown on the P800 should be remitted.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Bonne chance mes braves!!


  1. Good old Telegraph! Lions for the people ;)

  2. And good old Munguin too I say..... Champions of the ordinary men and women of Scotland. Wouldn’t you agree?

    You see I know that the Telegraph’s circulation is diminished these days, so I'm ensuring a wider readership.

    Seriously, the cheek of the Revenue is mind blowing.

    They make a complete mess of things and if people are too poor pay out £1500 in a year (out of their take home pay of around maybe £10,000), then the incompetent Revenue manage to find a way of charging 3% interest on the outstanding money, while only paying 0.5% on money THEY owe.

    I’m really grateful to the Telegraph. Were it not for their advice my letter would have been much shorter. And one of the words would have been “off”.  ;¬)

  3. Thank you for this letter will use it I owe over 2,000 am a single parent on tax credits. I have not slept properly since the bill and got no help when I contacted them. Your letter is the only sensible advice I have found

  4. You're welcome Anon...

    It was cribbed fronm the Telegraph, so I can't really take the credit....

    You should go to Citizens' Advice if you need any more help.

    Good luck.. and I hope you get some sleep soon.