HMRC Changes to the VAT Registration Process

HM Revenue and Customs have recently made some changes to the way VAT applications are made. In the past there was a single online form which anyone could use to submit a VAT application. The new system adds an extra step which slows the process down considerably.


Applying for VAT Yourself

The first step in the new system is to sign new Government Gateway system and create an account. This is relatively simple and takes around 10 minutes. Once you have registered you will be given a User ID. At this point you can request a VAT application activation code. This will then be sent to you by post and takes up to 10 days to arrive.

Once you receive the activation code you can then log back on to the government gateway site and enter the code in. At this point you can start to do your VAT application. You do need to act relatively quickly though. If you fail to use your activation code with 28 days you have to start the process again.

Our VAT Application Process

Because we are already set up on the Government’s online systems as a VAT agent we can skip most of the steps described above. All you have to do is fill in a simple form which we will send you. Once this is done we will submit your application direct to HMRC. This process can normally happen on the same working day. Before we do the submission we will check it to make sure it has been filled out correctly. This reduces the chances of the application being rejected or delayed by mistakes.

Using our VAT application process rather than doing it yourself can easily save you one or two weeks. So if getting your application done quickly is important to you then we can help.

You can order your VAT registration online or speak to one of our Business Consultants for more details.

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