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ACTION DESK : Gran in two jobs tax battle

Karen Porter, of Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield, who has been landed with a unexpected tax bill for several thousand pounds.

Karen Porter, of Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield, who has been landed with a unexpected tax bill for several thousand pounds.

  • by David Walsh
 

WORKING two jobs means more money, but more red tape - and it could end up costing you.

Karen Porter works as a catering assistant and a cleaner for two different employers at Sheffield Park Academy.

But she’s been hit with a £4,000 bill after allegedly not paying income tax on either over the last four years.

For Karen, aged 56, of Prince of Wales Road, Manor, it is a devastating blow - and one she is fighting.

She said: “I was distraught, but now I’m angry. I have always paid tax on my second job and I’ve sent them the pay slips to prove it.

“Somebody hasn’t been doing their job or this wouldn’t have happened.”

Karen earns £5,220 a year working for Compass in the canteen. She pays no income tax because it is below the £7,475 Personal Allowance.

She also gets £3,876-a-year working for United Learning Trust as a cleaner. Karen insists she has always paid income tax on the portion that is above the Personal Allowance threshold.

She added: “It’s all there on the pay slips I’ve sent to them.

“But what the Inland Revenue says goes. Help!”

HMRC has been investigating for two days after Action Desk called, but no one has an answer so far.

From being so sure she owed thousands, now there is silence.

Action Desk will press for an answer.

 

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