So we moved them last night, and I finished the tax return this evening. It took me about 2 hours to find precisely 4 pieces of paper: the end-of-tax-year financial statements for my National Savings account, my Natwest current account, my Natwest savings account and my BT share dividend. The total amount of interest I've received from those four accounts combined is less than £50. 2 hours of looking for £50 worth of information - gah! All my financial paperwork should, theoretically, be safely in a single filing box; but in practice, this last year's been awful for me with health stuff so I'm very disorganised. Getting that sorted is on my list of Things To Do when the upstairs floor is completely finished.
Once I had all the figures together, it did only take me half an hour to fill the form in. But it's not made easier by cryptic error messages like this one:
You have not entered a date in boxes 3.4 and/or 3.74. You must enter a date in both these boxes unless you have indicated in box 3.9 that special arrangements apply, or in box 3.10 that accounts details are on last year's return, or in box 3.93 that provisional figures are used. Please select the 'Sitemap' link to navigate to the relevant box numbers and amend your entry.
It's like I know what all those words mean individually, but put the whole lot together and I have no clue what's going on. Gah.
Also, bizarrely and worryingly, the National Insurance number on my tax return was not only incorrect, it wasn't even a valid NI number! They have the format two letters, 6 numbers, one letter (e.g. XY 12 34 56 A) and the number on my tax return was something like 11B56789. Erm...?
Now, my connection to the Inland Revenue site is sitting here with a window entitled ServletExec Failure and contents "Failed to open socket.", so I'm guessing it's not working JUST to piss me off.
I am, btw, very impressed that the tax return has the words "civil partner" all over the place: every time the word "spouse" is mentioned, it says "or civil partner" and every time "marriage" is mentioned it says "or civil partnership". Shame we couldn't go all the way and have a single entity for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, but at least they are regarded as basically the same thing in law.