How To Check If A Company Is VAT Registered
Stupidly (oh so very stupidly, although this company is slightly known to us) we did it in a rush and accepted a verbal quote which was £xxxx. There was no mention of VAT until we got the invoice, and there is no VAT registration number on the invoice (or anywhere else).
I have been told that a company is required to quote a VAT inclusive price when dealing with a private individual… I don’t know if anyone can confirm this (obviously I can’t get to the CAB right now but will be checking with a lawyer or trading standards or the CAB when I can get there).
They have also threatened to come round and rip out what they have installed without any regard to what damage they might do, which was very interesting to the police (but that’s another story)Posted 8 years ago
Hi – help please!
Does anyone one know the best way of checking if a company is VAT registered?
We were quoted a figure for some work and now we’ve had an invoice from them for the original amount plus VAT. I don’t want to ask them direct as we are having a bit of a dispute with them over the whole thing but would like to find out to see where we stand.
There is no VAT registration number on their invoice or any othe rof their communications.
JulianPosted 8 years agorogerthecatMember
Go check with the VAT office, they will help.
They are pretty good with this stuff.
In the meantime.
In a business to business transaction I would assume a price of £500 would be exclusive of VAT, whereas a quotation of £500 to a private individual I would assume that it is VAT inclusive.
When I buy anything from a shop VAT is inclusive but shown as a line item on the receipt (works the other way in the US, you get a price then they stick you with Sales Tax!)
Do you have any paperwork at all before the invoice?Posted 8 years ago
Will be checking with the VAT ofice – assume this is the same as HMRC these days?
This is a business-to-private individual transaction, so your second assumption would be correct.
Bit light on paperwork, sadly. No Ts and Cs sent or anything.
With the benefit of hindsight etc!Posted 8 years agoJoxsterMember
IIRC a company can only charge you VAT if they are VAT registered and they need to provide a VAT number on the invoice whether it’s a private sale or business sale. It also needs to be shown on the invoice as VAT inclusive or exclusive.
Speak to HMRC and get them investigated, if they are adding VAT and not declaring it………………..Posted 8 years agoharryflashmanSubscriber
Customs officer here.
HMRC will not be able to tell you if a company is VAT registered – we can only verify that a VAT number is valid. As silly as it seems, there is next to nothing we can do if you can’t get the information from them first.
A company isn’t required to produce a VAT number to a private customer, as they aren’t obliged to provide a VAT invoice. You can ask, but they don’t have too.
If you want any advice, give the Advice service a call on 0845 010 9000. You can report tax evasion at http://www.taxevasionhotline.co.uk, but we won’t be able to give you any feedback if we do anything.Posted 8 years agoZulu-ElevenMember
Ask them for it – and check its valid here:Posted 8 years ago
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