A railway worker has been left in a monetary pickle after he was sent a tax coding notice for £14 trillion.
Giles Hembrough received notice telling him he might spend too small tax to the tune of the 14-figure sum when he got house from the pub and was told his tax code was changing. The letter from HMRC stated: ‘We believe the quantity you owe HMRC is £14,301,369,864,489.03.
‘We will let you know if this quantity is correct when we look at your tax return for the year.’
Mr Hembrough stated: ‘I have had lots of tax errors recently so I thought it was just an update.
‘When I noticed the figure at the bottom I had to do a double take. I was incredibly surprised of course it was such a large number.’
HMRC was very keen to stress that it wasn’t a bill and that it was just a alter of tax code.
If it did come via as a bill he could end up paying it in month-to-month instalments of £1.2trillion a month – or maintain paying it at his present tax price over the next 369million years.
He added: ‘I gave HMRC a ring and stated to the woman that I thought my code was incorrect.
‘When she opened my file she stated “Oh that is a large quantity it looks like somebody has fallen asleep on the keyboard”.’
Mr Hembrough is hoping that his tax code has returned to normal and is enjoying sharing the story with his friends and family members.
‘I have been showing it round,’ he added. ‘Most people just discover it truly funny. I will be checking my spend check closely although next month.’
A spokesman for HMRC stated: ‘When we let a consumer down, we always apologise and place matters correct.’