In what seems to me one of the latest hmrc scams to be directed my way, HMRC want me to pay a £200 fine for not completing accounts for the period 31st Oct 2013 - 31st Oct 2013. I completed my accounts up to 30th October 2013 because that is the date I was told to do them up to, and I was under the - reasonable - impression that my next accounts would be for a full year (up to 30th Oct 2014 from 31st Oct 2013) rather than for one day. Not only that, but if they wanted me to file accounts for one day, they could have at least notified me rather than sending me another willy nilly fine. This is probably HMRC's sixth attempt in the past year to charge me a "penalty" for some made up nonsense, and each of the previous times I have been able to get rid of it by ringing up and mentioning that I have records (!!!). This is seriously starting to make me feel angry however, particularly as due to several non-payees I am on the brink of having to close my company and am currently living hand to mouth while trying to complete my degree part time. You would almost think HMRC doesn't like small business owners and would rather we all failed and had to sign on. I am getting sick of what I see as abuses of power against companies they know are small enough to not be able to afford legal representation and if I did have any money right now I would be escalating this to the courts myself in the hopes of exposing the level of criminality inherent in HMRC today. Sorry if I'm ranting, but better here than on the phone to some poor unsuspecting adviser Maybe my next career should be in fighting for transparency and accountability in government services... I'm sure there are plenty of people who would be willing to back such an endeavor! Anyway, to the point. I'm exhausted and emotional and if anyone has any advice for how I should word my letter in reply, I would be heavily grateful.