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Check a VAT number

16 May 2024

The check a UK VAT number service is available at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-vat-number. This service allows users to check: if a UK VAT registration number is valid; and the name and address of the registered business. The service also allows UK

The check a UK VAT number service is available at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-vat-number.

This service allows users to check:

The service also allows UK taxpayers to obtain a certificate to prove that they checked that a VAT registration number was valid at a given time and date. This is especially important where you take on new suppliers. If the VAT number is invalid, HMRC could withdraw your ability to reclaim the input VAT you have paid. The certificate will also provide valuable evidence proving a taxpayer acted in good faith – should HMRC challenge input tax recovery or seek payment of lost VAT.

The European Commission website also includes an on-line service which allows taxpayers to check if a quoted VAT number from anywhere in the EU or Northern Ireland is valid. The on-line service is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/#/vat-validation

In addition to these services, it’s crucial for businesses to regularly monitor their VAT accounts and ensure all transactions align with their records. Any discrepancies should be reported to HMRC immediately. Regular checks can help prevent fraudulent activities and ensure the accuracy of VAT payments and refunds. Remember, maintaining accurate VAT records is not only a legal requirement but also a good business practice that can contribute to the financial health and sustainability of your business.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Tue, 14 May 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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