HMRC wrote to both me and the client after submitting the 2015 SA return last year to say that they no longer needed a return henceforth.
I ignored this as the client's affairs are complex and I have asked the client for the normal information with which to prepare a return anyway.
Before receiving anything from the client, HMRC have just sent me a copy of a tax calculation for 2016 where I imagine the P60 information is correct, but the three sources of other income and the two sets of allowable expenses are those set out in the 2015 tax return which cannot possibly be correct. The resulting underpayment may be about right, but who knows.
HMRC tell me that if I get the client to tell me, or them directly, what the correct figures are then they will correct their calculation.
So why do I exist?
PS I consider this to be a quite unconscionable abuse of power.
PPS I have just obtained a £450 refund for a different client and a letter from HMRC saying that an SA tax return will no longer be required.
Am I seeing a pattern here?