In 1997 HMRC were on top of their game (or getting there) - see my earlier post. If they struggled then (when they were well led, well manned, and trying hard) chances are they will be even more hard work in their current low-budget peanuts/monkeys configuration.I had this discussion with HMRC back in 1997 when I found out I was being taxed on my SIP ans war pensions.
It took ages on the phone and a dig out of the relevant service publication that I kept a copy of to eventually persuade the bloke on the other end of the phone of the situation.
I won and ended up with the backdated tax back
I'll be very pissed off if I have to go through the same bolox again
Brace yourself, and get your facts together.