A letter sent to a self employed woman has further exposed the UK Inland Revenue's deepening millennium bug crisis.
In another Year 2000 error, the Revenue sent correspondence mistaking a date in the 21st century for one a hundred years earlier.
The certificate of exception, seen by Computing, stated that the woman would, "not have to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions from 10 April 1999 to 06 April 1902."
A spokeswoman said that Inland Revenue had no idea of the problem and were not aware of the letter.
The seriousness of the Inland Revenue's neglect of Year 2000 issues is just becoming apparent. It was revealed yesterday how delays in implementing Year 2000 compliant software may force the Revenue to use paper lists to chase debts. (see Newswire 2 September)
Last month Computing exposed that the Revenue was threatening law abiding businesses with the bailiffs because of millennium bug difficulties.
Ian Hugo, assistant executive director of industry watchdog Taskforce 2000, believes that the mounting millennium problems at the Revenue are "very relevant" and will hit businesses in the pocket.
"Businesses should make cash flow allowances and monitor all transactions with the Revenue very closely," he said.
Hugo also claims that the Revenue situation was entirely predictable because of the large number of major IT projects due for completion at the end of this year.
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