Thank you again, Sam. Yes, I know it's complicated and confusing and it sounds as if you're a bit confused by this silly situation too! First of all, I have no employer. I am self-employed, so "my employer" cannot be informed of any tax code.
Secondly, according to the latest of the Revenue's three notices (dated 2.5.2010, received 17.5.2010), my tax code is 11L, which you say means "not a pensioner", but I AM A PENSIONER!! So what can I do? I've tried informing the Revenue but they don't reply. My pension provider says they can't do anything and have to do what the Revenue tells them. They only have 13T as my tax code.
Yes, the income I told you about from translation was my profit, after deducting allowable expenses, so my net receipts from translation. And yes, the state pension figure I gave you is the figure as from 6th April 2010, so it's the new rate.
My question really is: how can I make sure that I've been given the right tax code, particularly as it seems impossible to get a rational, personal and timely answer from the Revenue?
I've never had any problem with the Revenue before now, always completing my self-assessment form, declaring all my income (translation, pensions, interest on investments, etc.) on it and paying my tax in two lump sums per year. Why this change all of a sudden, this tax code business? I've been self-employed for 20 years and never had a tax code before - (but paid plenty of tax!).