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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of applications for value added tax registration resulted in a request to the applicant to provide signed and dated (a) supply contracts, (b) purchase invoices and (c) samples of advertising prior to the provision of a value added tax number; and what proportion of such requests resulted in the application being refused due to (i) suspected fraud and (ii) any other reason in financial year 2009-10.
Further information to support the application is requested in up to one third of cases.
These requests may include supply contracts, purchase invoices and samples of advertising but HMRC does not maintain a central record of the type of information requested, in respect of relevant registrations.
The information requested on refused applications is not available.