A railway worker has been left in a financial pickle following he was sent a tax coding notice for £14 trillion.
Giles Hembrough received notice telling him he may pay as well 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 said: ‘We believe the amount you owe HMRC is £14,301,369,864,489.03.
‘We will let you know if this amount is right when we look at your tax return for the year.’
Mr Hembrough said: ‘I have had lots of tax errors lately 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 shocked of course it was such a large quantity.’
HMRC was extremely keen to tension that it wasn’t a bill and that it was just a alter of tax code.
If it did come through as a bill he could finish up paying it in monthly instalments of £1.2trillion a month – or keep paying it at his current tax price more than the subsequent 369million years.
He added: ‘I gave HMRC a ring and said to the lady that I thought my code was incorrect.
‘When she opened my file she said “Oh that is a large amount it appears like someone 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 displaying it round,’ he added. ‘Most individuals just discover it really funny. I will be checking my pay verify closely although subsequent month.’
A spokesman for HMRC said: ‘When we let a customer down, we always apologise and put matters right.’