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    • Hi Mop,   I only ran through the SAR looking for any personal data you left showing.   Get a pen and paper, go through the narratives and note down the date and anything relevant to what led to the debt or CCJ.   If there's little or nothing to do with the debt or CCJ, that in itself is important.   Do your best and come back with results.
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Employment start and end dates issue


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Hi there,

I am being asked by the passport office to provide start and end dates of my first two jobs (I don't have the P45s or payslips from these years, I do have P60s). I contacted the HMRC (SARS team) and was sent a letter with all my jobs listed but no dates to them. After another conversation with them they sent me a second letter with only few leave dates. Now, I used facebook messenger to chat with one of the HMRC people today and asked about this. I was told that HMRC may not hold any records regarding the start and end date of employments if the employer didn't provide them with such. I am trying to figure out how can I get this information (may I add that both employers are not in business anymore) and if HMRC can provide anything else that could show the required dates. I paid NI and Tax from the start and the letter shows that but it doesn't show from when I started or when I finished paying them.

 

Could anyone shed some advise?

 

Thanks in advance, Mad.

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