ELDERLY Solihull widower Kenneth Jones received a letter from HM Revenue & Customs informing him of his death.
Kenneth, aged 84, from Touchwood Hall Close, received the missive regarding the ‘Estate of the late Mr K Jones’ last month.
The Government department, formerly Inland Revenue, wrote to Mr Jones looking to check ‘the tax position to the date of death’ and other details.
Angry and upset Kenneth, a former company director, said: “I was dumbstruck and showed it to my nephew who had a word with someone there.
“I think I should get some sort of compensation for the stress. How would you like to get a letter saying you were dead?
“I have complained and all I asked them for was a letter of apology and I haven’t had that. I thought they would have said sorry by now.”
A spokesman for HMRC said: “We apologise to both him and his family for any distress caused by the letter we issued in error.
“We have taken immediate steps to ensure this does not happen again.”