If (like me) you’re waiting on HMRC for a response to tax return, and/or refund claim, HMRC told me today that there is quite a significant backlog in correspondence building up, apparently due to post-covid staffing shortages.
For example today they are only processing letters/returns etc received on or before 14 May (!). The backlog is estimated at between 5-7 months. I was told my tax return submitted in July would be replied to - in February (2023!).
This backlog might be problematic for those French residents waiting on refunds from new sources of income such as UK pensions, which continue to have PAYE withheld, whilst waiting, and waiting for HMRC to issue an NT (no tax) code.