I joined the TA in 2003 When I joined I had been out the Regs for a while so I was sent back to do recruits training this was the end of April start of May 2003 (2 weeks) So I didn't qualify for that bounty (not a big problem) I then in 2003 did summer camp (2 weeks) Ex Mulberry Tree in US (2 weeks) 2004 called up for Telic 4 (Hooray bags packed and away) Arrived at Chillwell with a P60 showing Â£31 000 earned from Civvie job Got awarded a raise up to Â£22 000 for 'hardship' (Well I won't need so much as I won't be spending it) Went away to the lovely Al Ammarah had a good time Arrived home end of October 2004 Left Windsor November to be 'de mobbed' Went back to work and TA January Due to loss of earnings and putting bits and bobs back together missed out going to Ta as much as I wanted Missed that bounty Hammered the overtime final earnings Â£26 000 ( Â£18k Army Â£8k civ job) give or take Last week got a letter from HM Tax Office telling me that by earning Â£26k I was a naughty boy I was only to earn Â£22k and could I pay them Â£1000 please So all in all Telic has cost me: Loss of Earnings Â£5000 Tax man Â£1000 Bounty Â£500 (?) Mortgage for an empty house Â£2300 ( pre Mrs Syrup) Council tax for above Â£800 (prime address no discounts) Total Â£9600 with house Without house Â£6500 Am I the only one? Was I just unlucky? Did anyone else lose money by going away? I did not have a problem at the time going away in fact I loved every minute of it but unfortunetly the TA has had to go Civ job has become number 1 I was mad on the TA and spent almost every weekend there when not working often coming off nights and cracking straight on ex etc I didn't mind if I lost a little bit of cash on extra camps etc (Civ employer would make it up for two week camp) plus often used holidays to go away But this is just mental I could have took MRS Syrup on the QE2 for that much money I can't justify this to the family. I'm not asking for 10k back but did the tax man expect me just to sit down and starve when I got back?