Taxman sends out almost 100 bounced cheques

TAX REPAYMENT CHEQUES sent out by HM Revenue & Customs to almost 100 taxpayers have bounced.

The department confirmed that the PAYE repayments cheques had been rejected after customers put the cheques into their banks.

HMRC would not disclose the amount of funds linked to the “stopped cheques” for security reasons.

“We are very sorry for any inconvenience that has been caused by some repayment cheques being rejected when initially banked,” the taxman said.

HMRC said it took the issue  very seriously and promised to pay any bank charges incurred by taxpayers.

“We have already repaid 50 customers and are working with the banks to rectify the others.

“We can of course fund the repayments in full and initial enquiries indicate the cheques were stopped purely due to a minor technical problem with a machine reader.”

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