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Monday 23rd March 09

Well, i've had a productive morning - done my phoning, first to my neighbour asking him to take a couple of the Salvation Army plastic bags to the local shop for me.  What's the point of having these drives for clothes etc, if they don't pick them up when they say they're going to??

Second, to my doctors to ask about getting a couple of items on prescription.  Didn't get my usual lady doctor [who is super] but the guy who rang me back was very pleasant and asked pertinent questions, coming up with useful suggestions.

i've answered ALL my emails and sent a couple too, been such a good girl!  i've even paid a couple of bills - haven't made my bed yet!  Got my priorities right!

i may walk up to the postbox for the exercise but damn me, if the weather hasn't gone from fine to super bleak, dark and raining.  Cold & blowy too.  *gets up, shuts windows, puts on heating and turns on the lights!*  Made bed too!   Maybe i'll take a stroll after lunch, when i've warmed up a bit.

Did you see the piece in the paper about our Taxman stuffing up again??  Apparently THOUSANDS of people have been hit with fines and 'final demands' , in spite of being taken out of the self-assessment system or submitting their returns on time.  Quite a few accountants and Tax assessment brokers have reported quote - countless incorrect penalty notices - unquote, in the latest of a string of blunders by Revenue & Customs.  Some said up to 60%  of returns they had filed were bungled, a horrific number.   Again i quote the article in the Sunday Times, 'Scores of other people told by HYMRC last year that they no longer had to file a tax return have also received penalty notices'.   A spokesman for HMRC said it had issued arround 466,000 'payment reminders' but said that if a notice had been issued in error, they would apologise and 'put matters right straight away'.  So hope for them at least.
To date, i haven't received any such notice - i did my tax assessment online [as a pensioner, it would have been surprising if i had owed them anything], which hopefully may negate this problem.  i'll let you know if i hear from them.

When things go wrong with our public systems, they really do it right, don't they??  Not one or two but so many thousands - which will cost as many thousand to put right...  like the Council survey i told you about earlier with it's excessive multiple mailings - further waste of Taxpayers' money.   When you think of how much money you pay out in taxes, both income and council, i'm constantly surprised more people are not writing to newspapers/local MPs etc about what happens to it.   SO MUCH of it, in my opinion, is wasted on committees reporting on committees and astonishing official salaries & expenses - without the people on the ground getting an equal shake.  And don't get me started on translation services...!

Right, i'm off to have lunch - toasted cheese, i think... 


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Mar. 23rd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Funny you should bring that up today!
I had a guy hammering my door down at 6am, for Paul. Apparently Paul owes three years tax and will be taken to court if he doesn't supply them with the forms etc and pay it back! I asked him how much... *still swooning* ... £16k !!! He's been P.A.Y.E so I can't see hw they have cocked up but ....

Lets hope it's the tax office's mistake!!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
WAAARRRG!!!! Check it out pronto! That can't be right... it could be a PAYE mistake made by his firm, but their accountant and the Tax office should both have picked it up before now. Or it could definitely be something to do with this latest cock-up
*crosses fingers & toes for you*
Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I chewed Pauls ears when he got home and there is a cock up... He worked for an angency and it stems from there, but mostly he's been with a firm as aan employee for two years and the tax office hasn't updated his records. So it's proving he doesn't owe it. If Paul doesn't go to court on May 27th then he'll be arrested and get a month or so's holiday on HRH in Winchester prison... *headbutts laptop*

Mar. 24th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
*plucks laptop out of harm's way and pets Lisa*
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
*purrs like a kitty*

I just hope this doesn't affect my James weekend.. is that really selfish of me?
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
No, that's not selfish... you could be out some money, if you don't go - and frankly, you need the break. If Paul complies with the requirements and makes sure the authorities know things are in hand, there is no reason he would be arrested or inconvenienced in any way. Just make sure he keeps up with the communication.
Mar. 24th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I spoke to him last night and Paul is adament that he only owes £1,700 which he has paid when he worked for an agency, three years ago. Thing about Paul is, he is crap at dealing with stuff like this. He'll dump letters without checking what they are and gets home later than the offices stay open. I spoke with the guy from revenue and taxes and he said I can't deal with it, it has to be Paul. So god knows where it will lead. To be honest I'm tempted to just go bankcrupt and sod the lot of them lol You know the saying.. can't get blood from a stone... that's me right now :)
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