In yet another twist in the tale of the HMRC blunders, The Telegraph newspaper reports that many self-assessed customers have been wrongly notified of refund amounts up to £24,000 after a glitch in the system.
The newspaper reports that chartered accountants, Blick Rothenberg, logged in to check clients’ tax situations after the HMRC self-assessed system had been down.
On logging in, they discovered a note on one of their client’s files advising that a refund was due. Further investigation revealed a similar note on each of their clients’ files. This glitch seems to have also hit a number of other tax agents’ clients.
This is the latest in a string of problems with HMRC’s systems which, up to now, has mainly affected UK PAYE workers. This latest error is likely to cause considerable confusion among self-assessed tax payers, and it’s as yet unclear if the refund amounts are genuine or not.
So HMRC is in hot water, yet again. We’ll bring you more news as it unfolds.
The full story in The Telegraph newspaper can be read here.