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  • Old foreign bank account cannot be accessed - interest income is unknown

    Taxpayers should declare interest income from foreign bank accounts to HMRC. However, if the account is very old (before internet banking), and has not been used for many years, sometimes it is not possible to find out what the interest income is, or even the balance. This is because the bank does not allow you to apply for internet banking unless you have a local address and local ID card, and so on. That is, the bank account cannot be accessed at all. What should someone do in this case? Is it sufficient to just declare the account name and number to HMRC? Thank you.