I feel like I've just wandered inadvertently into Terry Gillian's Brazil
Last week I received a letter from a debt collection agency, on behalf of HMRC, saying I owe them 400 quid. With no more information than that. And threatening me with legal action, bailiffs etc. now as far as I'm aware I don't owe anything to HMRC, and have had no communication from them prior to this letter from the debt collection agency
So I phone the debt collectors and ask, not unreasonably, what on earth this debt is?
"I'm afraid HMRC will not let me divulge that information sir"
Well could you give me clue? A timeframe perhaps? What period is it for?
"HMRC will not let me divulge that information sir"
Well is it for VAT? PAYE? What?
"HMRC will not let me divulge that information either sir"
Are you allowed to give me any information about this alleged debt at all?
"I'm afraid not sir. HMRC will not allow me to divulge any information regarding the debt"
Have you got any contact details of someone I could talk to at HMRC about it then?
"I do sir, but HMRC won't let me give them to you. You could look on the internet"
"Would you like to make a payment for the outstanding balance sir?"
Well... no. Because I don't know what it is I'm meant to be paying
"So you'd like to legally dispute the outstanding balance sir?"
Well that's going to be quite difficult, seeing as I have absolutely no idea what I'd be legally disputing!
Anyone else had any experience of this kind of nonsense? I'm loath to waste days of my life on the phone to HMRC, speaking to a procession of clueless ****-tards who'd have difficulty finding their own arse, using both hands! Any advice would be good. Or share your similar stories of tax-based woe