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Thank you for your help.
On 7th May 2010 I received two separate notices from the Revenue, both dated 14.4.2010, one saying that for the year 6.4.2010 to 5.4.2011 my tax code had been changed from 11P to 11L and the other saying it had been changed from 313T to 13T for the same tax year. Yesterday (17th May), I received another notice from the Revenue (dated 2nd May) saying that my tax code for the year 6.4.2010 to 5.4.2011 was 11 L. The latest notice says my tax-free allowance has been reduced from £6475 to £6365 (at least that's what I think it means, but it's not at all clear). Maybe I should email you a photocopy of these notices as I can't really explain them to you because I don't understand them myself!
My private pension provider says they only have one tax code for me, 13T.
Yes, I have already filed my 2010 self-assessment form - on 2nd May 2010.
At present I receive about £6,230 a year in state pension and about £2,300 a year as a private pension (both before tax) and I earn a variable income from my main activity which is freelance translating - in 2009 to 2010 about £25,000.
I have written asking the Revenue for an explanation but they don't answer letters and their telephone "help line" is permanently engaged.
My date of birth is 10th October 1937.
I hope this will help you to help me.
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!).
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX your explanation and yes, I will try telephoning the numbers at the times you suggest, but I feel as if my entire waking life is being taken up with this annoying business that never used to cause any trouble before!!