HMRC has recently issued a Bristol rail worker with a £14 trillion billion tax statement. This figure is larger than the total US economy and would take over 300 million years to pay back.
The Bristol Post reports:
Mr Hembrough was shocked to see the bill.
He said: "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 big number."
"I knew right away that it was a mistake," he said. "If it was £100,000 or even £10,000 I might have been a bit concerned that I did owe it for some reason, but the figure was so large that I knew it wasn't right. I gave HMRC a ring and said to the woman that I thought my code was wrong. When she opened my file she said 'Oh that is a big amount, it looks like someone has fallen asleep on the keyboard!'"
A HMRC spokesman said:
"When we let a customer down, we always apologise and put matters right. These are not bills, but simply statements showing the customers current PAYE coding position. They are generated by recent activity on a record. Anyone who needs help with their coding notice should talk to us."