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The Inland Revenue (IR) does not exist as it was amalgamated with HM Customs and Excise to form HMRC some years ago. There is a possibility that, if you have received a letter from the IR as opposed to HMRC, that this is a scam. HMRC do not simply turn up on people's doorsteps, they apply to the Courts, of which application you receive notice from the relevant Court, and if successful in their action they may well instruct a debt recovery agency in the matter.
I suspect that this is indeed a scam. Look carefully at the letter, if it is headed 'Inland Revenue' not 'Her majesty's Revenue and Customs' it definitely is a scam and should be reported to your local police.
I do hope that my reply has been of assistance.
Well HMRC can go back indefinitely to recover unpaid tax except in Scotland where there is a 20 year limitation. However, my first approach would be to require HMRC to give chapter and verse on the alleged unpaid Income Tax and National Insurance deductions. By their own instructions you are not required to maintain PAYE records as far back as 2010. HMRC send out literally hundreds of incorrect demands so you will not be alone. My advice would be in the first instance to write to the office concerned and demand fuller and better particulars of the alleged debt. Also complain about harassment with people calling at your door.
I have suggested the appropriate approach. What address does the letter quote?
This is a non geographic post code for HMRC used by the Post Office for mail distribution.
Wait and see HMRC's response. These days HMRC have a habit of referring alleged unpaid tax to a debt collection firm who, in my experience, become completely fazed when their approaches are challenged.