Of pettiness and minutiae
It’s been a funny old week. A week of trifles and insignificances, minutiae and pettiness.
On Monday, I needed to speak to the Inland Revenue on the subject of one of a client’s subcontractors. I had the subbie’s name, his ‘universal tax reference’, his address and 7 out of the 8 digits from his NI number.
The purpose of the call was to obtain the ‘missing digit’ so that I could fill in a CIS return online. But unless I could provide the full NI number they wouldn’t speak to me.