How long does it take to receive VAT number for limited company?

eddyyss

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Based on your experience, how long does it take to receive the VAT number?

Does HMRC provide a VAT number before the VAT certificate is received?

Is it allowed to use VAT number in trading if the certificate is not received?
 

MyAccountantOnline

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Based on your experience, how long does it take to receive the VAT number?

Does HMRC provide a VAT number before the VAT certificate is received?

Is it allowed to use VAT number in trading if the certificate is not received?

I've done 3 over the past few days and had the VAT numbers for all of them with 72 hours, one was issued within 24 hours.

As agents we do see the VAT number once the application has been accepted and a hard copy of the certificate is then posted by HMRC to the client.

If you have the VAT number you can use it but if you are going to print any documents I'd await the hard copy of the certificate to be sure.

Whilst you wait for the VAT number you cant charge or show VAT on your invoices but you still have to pay the VAT to HMRC. HMRC say you should increase your prices to allow for this and tell your customers why and then once you’ve got your VAT number you can reissue the invoices showing the VAT.
 
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