boisailor said:FlagWagger said:RIng up the HMRC? Two good reasons why you shouldn't use this route:
1. 0845 number only which, while it may be charged at local rates, is not recognised as such from overseas, calling cards, or other discouinted rate programmes (I have a $10 calling card that woiuld give me 32 minutes on the phone to HMRC but over 3000 minutes to a geographical number!)./quote]
try www.saynoto0870.com and u can search for a local rate number which u can use in calling cards etc.
I'm aware of that site and will actually submit a geographical number for my tax office should I ever find one. What really p155es me off about HMRC is that common sense has flown completely out of the window - its obvious from my address that I'm no longer in the UK and I know I'm not the only one. Irrespective, they send out demands for completion of tax returns and state that they won't send out a paper copy unless it is requested and tax returns should be completed on-line - a good idea in saving paper, but foreign income can only be completed using the dead-tree version of the form! Once you finally manage to get access to the forms and associated notes, you are condemned to submit by mail, and the HMRC themselves state a) priority is given to on-line submissions - paper returns may wait 2-3 months before being assessed and b) late payment caused by delays in the assessment of paper tax-returns by HMRC is the tax-payer's problem since the preferred route is on-line submission! I have no objection with paying what is due, but being penalised for limitations within HMRC is beyond a joke! Off now to lie down in a quiet darkened room and allow my blood pressure to return to normal.