Well, the driving license issue and the Carte Vitale are all sorted so it is clearly time for something else to hiccup. I wouldn't call this a hiccup, more like a great ruddy belch!
One has received this morning a late penalty notice for the tax year ending 2011 from HM Revenue & Customs...totalling...wait for it...1200 GBP....yes that's right 1200GBP! I don't think I've ever declared that much as income, never mind paid fees for that amount!
So, a little background for you all...whilst sorting out my previous driving license issue, I checked my Gateway account to see if there was anything going on...I niticed a late penalty fee of 100 GBP outstanding which surprised me.
I would point out, that I have no UK income since December 2009. I duly filled in my tax form in 2010 and again in 2011 stating that I had left the UK permananently and that I was no longer receiving any income etc, etc. I didn't receive anymore reminders and so forgot all about anything HMRC related.
I duly rang the helpline, (3 times). I spoke to 3 different people who gave me 3 different answers to the same question. Luckily the third lady was extremely helpful and told me she would update my situtation and close my file, whilst getting the 100GBP late penalty charge revoked. Apparently, when I filled in my 2010 and 2011 forms, I did not state clearly enough that I was not earning in the UK anymore....I thought the big fat zero in the total columns and the fact that I stated in the notes that I had permanently left the country were sufficient but apparently not.
So I put the phone down, thinking the problem was solved until this morning when I received my lovely letter....
My question is where do I go from here? Not only do I not have 1200GBP to give them, but I'm not even earning anything at the moment and my unemployment benefit has just run out. Do I have to pay this fine? What is the worst that they can do to me??
Many thanks for any advice :)