A client recently had a letter from DMB claiming that there was a debt of £1100+ owing on the PAYE for Month 11 of 2014/15.
I found the payment, told them when it was paid and said, OK, if you've allocated that somewhere else, tell us where it is.
I got a schedule covering 2013/14 and 2014/15, there were three payments missing from it totaling around £5000.
* A payment of £2274.35, made to Sigma Red, a legitimate debt collection agency, folk who rang up the client, told him he owed £2274.35 and they wanted it by card over the phone now.
* A payment of £109.60, similar story to above, marked on the bank statements as "Tps (HMRC)".
* A payment of £2877.04, month 12 payment, inexplicably paid twice by client (clasps hand to brow in frustration).
Anyone come across this Sigma Red before ? Has my client been scammed ?
Obviously, HMRC won't be getting any more payments over the phone in the foreseeable future.