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How to check a UK VAT number

How to check a UK VAT number

27 June 2024

The online service for checking a UK VAT number is available at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-vat-number. This service can be used to check: if a UK VAT registration number is valid; and the name and address of the business the number is registered

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

You can use this service to verify:

UK taxpayers can also use this service to obtain a certificate, proving they checked the validity of a VAT registration number at a specific time and date. This becomes crucial when you engage new suppliers because if the VAT number turns out to be invalid, HMRC may revoke your ability to reclaim the VAT you have paid. The certificate serves as valuable evidence of the trader’s good faith, should HMRC dispute input tax recovery or demand 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

Additionally, these online services provide an extra layer of security in your business transactions. By ensuring the validity of VAT numbers, you can confidently engage with suppliers across the UK and the EU, reducing the risk of financial complications. These tools are designed to support your business’s growth and stability in an increasingly interconnected market.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Mon, 24 Jun 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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