I am pleased to report that I won the first skirmish. I was issued late filing penalties to the tune of £300. I have just received a letter from HMRC saying that they have "...been reduced to £0.44p". This is not, of course, momentous. I would guess that these late penalties are discretionary and that thousands of people see reductions every year. The champagne remains corked.
The major battle lies ahead. They say I owe them £4000. I disagree. I wrote asking to see the contract that they imagine is in place which allows them to extort money from me. I quoted several of their own statutes (remember: every statute must contain a remedy within it) and instructed them that I would be delighted to settle as soon as I saw said contract containing two wet signatures. I gave them a fair period in which to find this contract, or invent one, or bluff their way through. They failed to do so in the time alloted to them, so they are in dishonour, and I have gained estoppel by acquiescence. This is a mighty powerful thing in law. I have won already, but they may still lob a few grenades over the ramparts of Ranty Barracks. I am ready, I am dug in, and I also have several unused weapons that I can deploy.
To preempt their salvo, I also penned and posted a letter to them, quoting yet more of their own statutes, this time the statutes concerned genocide and financing an illegal invasion, and I anticipate a reply soon. I will update you on their reply whether it is good, bad or indifferent. (I suspect indifference will not be in their armoury).
Let's see what happens.