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Taxman tells feisty Ken - ‘you’re dead’

ELDERLY Solihull widower Kenneth Jones received a letter from HM Revenue & Customs informing him of his death.

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.”

 

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