Monday, January 24, 2011

The down side of being self-employed

I'm on the phone right now to the HMRC - the UK's version of the IRS - and I've been on hold for now 19 minutes. The reason I'm calling is that I received a letter saying I have to complete my tax return by the end of the month or face a £100 fine. The irony is, I'm not registered as self employed anymore. I haven't even been in the country since 2008.

I tried to tell them this in 2009, and again in 2010, when I had to go through the same rigmarole. Obviously, to no avail.

And so I'm on hold... 20 minutes and counting. My call is important. Someone will be with me shortly.

Fingers crossed they can sort it out this year. Fingers crossed someone picks up the phone.

My call is important...