My dad once got an envelope looking like this. It belonged to the birthday card he received from the Queen in the UK for his 100th birthday, or was it from the British government. It was in 2015 so some time ago, and a year later he passed away. All I now have is the birthday cards and the envelope. It was a very official business.
Now spring forward to 2019, his daughter – me, is now 73 years old and still has her dealings with the Brits, although she has not put one foot in the country since dad’s demise. I do not need to, my family is in Switzerland and I have been a Swiss resident since 50 years officially: actually 52 years, but I only got citizenship when I married Mr. Swiss almost 51 years ago.
However, I still have some remains left in England, and two British bank accounts still exist. One account was with my dad, just a plain savings account and the other was my private account. Am I rich? forget it. I tried to close both accounts, and am still trying. I managed to draw money from my own account in England in Switzerland from the card marchine and now there is a minimum of about £30 left. However, there was so much red tape attached to closing my personal account, that I eventually gave up. It will probably still exist when I am looking at the daisies from below.
The second account was a joint account with my dad, and here again I transferred most of the balance to Switzerland. However, there are still £200 left in the account which does not stop the authorities officially sending me forms now and again about my income tax commitments in England. I pay my taxes in Switzerland and the paltry amounts in GB that are left are no big deal. Today I spent an hour writing to this bank to remind them that my dad passed away three years ago and I am still waiting for a reply to my letter to cancel the account that I wrote at the time. I received yet another form to complete, all about my income tax in England. I am not a British resident and have not been for many years.
If any British officials are reading this, then please note that I am not cheating anyone. We pay enough tax in Switzerland and I am really fed up with getting this sort of letter, at least once a year. I have made a decision, if I get more complicated questions and forms to complete I will write and say that they should transfer the balance on my account to a deserving charity, in England of course. I am really getting fed up with being treated as an income tax fugitive.