I might be owing HMRC around 4.5 K. This has happend due to an error made by the company I work for when they dedcuted my tax (PAYE) over last year. I don't want to sound out the HMRC right now as I am about to go travelling for a year and I will need all the money I have. But I intend to pay it back once I'm back. In the meantime, however, I don't want the HMRC to make me insolvent if they happen to find out that I owe them money.
Can the HMRC make someone bankrupt in their absence, without first giving them notice? Since the HMRC does not have my current address details, how will they go out contacting me?
You do not need to be present in the country for someone to make you bankrupt.
Just because HMRC or a creditor does not have your current address is not a reason for them to not be able to make you bankrupt.
You are obligated to make your creditors aware of your current address and where you live.
They can attempt to contact you at the address they have on record and there is no response, move forward with bankruptcy if that is what they intend to do.
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