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Hello Mr Webber, I am Keith, one of the experts on Just Answer, and pleased to be bale to help you with your question.
Was this your State Pension or from some other source? Presumably it was paid gross?
What should have happened is that HMRC should have issued a tax code to your police pension payer to enable tax at the basic rate to be deducted. Alternatively, your employment tax code should have been reduced to recover the tax due on the pension. Pound to a pinch of salt, as two tax offices are almost certainly involved, the matter fell through the cracks in the floorboards.
Your employer can only deduct tax as directed by HMRC from the tax code issued. Unfortunately, in this sort of case, you are responsible for ensuring that the code number is ***** Matters are not helped as these days HMRC do not advise taxpayer of code number changes as they are issued which would enable individuals to challenge these. You would have to scrutinise your pay slips to detect the position. Unfortunately, you cannot hold your employer responsible as he can only operate the codes he is given by HMRC.
You should check these demands for accuracy and if they are wrong appeal against them which you do merely by writing a letter. HMRC are notorious for making assumptions, invariably incorrect and always in the Revenue's favour. Otherwise you are going to have to bite the bullet and pay up. You will also have to get the tax ocdes adjusted for the future to prevent this sort of palaver occurring again.
I am so sorry to have to rain on your parade.
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