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Self assessment: Tax doesn't have to be taxing

Eddie Mair | 12:58 UK time, Thursday, 1 February 2007

So they say. One PM listener got in touch yesterday with a problem he's had trying to pay. Here's his email:

"I have just been talking to my bank about why my self assessment payment, paid by Maestro debit card on Monday, has not left my account. They say it is because the Revenue website does not gather the signature strip 3 digit security code, so the Revenue cannot complete the debit. This will affect anyone who is trying to pay their self assessment tax by Maestro debit card - my bank say hundreds of people have already rung - most will not realise until they see the transaction has not gone through - in a few days time!"

Have you had a similar experience? Let is know. And Let the Healing Begin


  1. At 01:55 PM on 01 Feb 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:


    Even our master has fallen prey to the curse of the double-post!


  2. At 02:10 PM on 01 Feb 2007, LadyPen wrote:

    Coo-er Eric. Are you practising being a bureaucrat already and posting in duplicate?


  3. At 03:36 PM on 01 Feb 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Well I use an accountant. I still get a self assessment form and still have to get some details for my accountant but I pay him to get the form correct and in on time. Okay I pay for it but its free of hassle.

    As for paying I use BACS with my internet banking.

    Not telling you my bank details though. However, if you want me to invest my overseas millions that I can't get out of my tax haven please send me YOUR bank details. 10% cut in it for you :-)

  4. At 04:10 PM on 01 Feb 2007, BlackSheep wrote:

    Similar problem. Paid through the Revenue website using my Lloyds TSB Visa debit card on Friday. The money didn't vanish from my account until Tuesday.

    I do wonder what would have happened had I paid yesterday - the Revenue receipt was time and date stamped so I am hoping they would honour that....

  5. At 10:37 PM on 01 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Eric: Hoist; petard; etc.

  6. At 12:10 AM on 02 Feb 2007, Valery P wrote:

    "Let is know" - and that means what, please?

    Which is pretty much where I came in last August. Let's hope it's not where I go out.

  7. At 10:59 AM on 02 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Letisno* - A green substance frequently consumed by froggers which is not related to saladstuff. Can lead to hallucinations ....

    *Eddie's spelling is an accepted variation

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