Red tape delays over tax query

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I would like to tell Dispatch readers about a little red tape I recently encounted. I wrote to HM Revenue & Customs’ Nottingham office asking them if I was paying the right amount of income tax.

Some five weeks later I received a letter from Newcastle Upon Tyne with a Glasgow post mark informing me that although I had given them all my details - name, address and National Insurance number - I had not signed the letter.

I duly signed the letter and returned it to the Nottingham office. Some six weeks later I received a letter from Newcastle again with a Glasgow post mark informing me that everything was okay.

Do you not think that having all my details the first time, they could have told me that everything was okay?

Or was that too easy?

KENNETH BILLSON,

Logan Street,

Bulwell.