Q. I registered as self-employed in 2005, but as I didn't have any income I ignored the tax returns the tax office sent me. When they demanded £1000 tax for each year I got my act together and sent in the completed tax returns which showed no tax due. Now the Taxman won't cancel the tax demands issued for the years before 2008/09. What can I do?
A. You have been caught by the tax law here. The years before 2008/09 are 'out of time' and the Taxman doesn't have to cancel the tax demands for those years. Although you may be able to appeal for the tax demands to be cancelled under 'special relief', but you need to show it would be unconscionable for the Taxman to collect the excessive tax. This is a very high hurdle to clear.