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Hello, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be able to help you with your question.
Your only solution is to go cap in hand to HMRC, explain and file missing returns. HMRC may impose penalties and charge interest although, if no revenue is actually due, they may be lenient regarding penalties. I should warn you that leniency is in short supply in that Department.
I am so sorry to have to rain on your parade.
As far as necessary, there is no statutory limitation to tax arrears in England, but there is a 20 year limit in Scotland.
The Inland Revenue ceased to exist some years ago on amalgamation with HM Customs and Excise to form HMRC. You could employ a trusted, local professional in this matter, but the fees would not come cheap. You should set everything up year by year and then write to HMRC at your usual tax office explaining the situation.
For your time overseas complete Form P85 ns send it to HMRC. Fortunately there is no time limit as to its submission and for the period you were out of the country you will be classified as non resident which may well relieve the tax, and penalty burden somewhat.