Derbyshire pensioner Doug Yeomans receives tax bill of £4.7bn

Tax bill
Image caption The total bill from HMRC was payable in in monthly instalments of £948,470,851

A pensioner from Derbyshire was shocked to receive a tax bill for £4.7bn.

Doug Yeomans was sent a letter from HM Revenue and Customs informing him £948m would be taken by direct debit every month to clear the debt.

The 78-year-old, from Shardlow near Derby, was told the bill "might" have been a mistake when he rang up to complain.

A spokesman for HMRC said it did not comment on individual cases, but added: "We are very sorry about our error."

Image caption Doug Yeomans said it made him wonder if other tax bills he received had been mistakes

Mr Yeomans said: "I wasn't surprised to get the bill but I was amazed at the price.

"When I saw the amount, that's when alarm bells started to ring."

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