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  • RE: VAT Registration delay

    I'm still awaiting a VAT registration number from an application made for a client on 28th July. This is now starting to affect contracts which cannot be finalised until we have the VAT number. I called the registrations team again today on 0300 322 7870 and got the message "Due to technical difficulties this helpline is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." It is now more than 4 months since I applied, and my client is potentially losing business and money as a result. Totally unacceptable delay - if the boot was on the other foot and we submitted returns late, we would be heavily penalised by HMRC.