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Treasury written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

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 a signed tenancy agreement or mortgage statement prior to the provision of a value added tax number; and what proportion of such requests resulted in the application being refused due to (a) suspected fraud and (b) any other reason in financial year 2009-10.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC received 207,889 applications to register for VAT in 2009-10.

Further information to support the application is requested in up to one-third of cases.

These requests may include a signed tenancy agreement or mortgage statement 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 as a result of the request to provide a signed tenancy agreement or mortgage statement is not available.

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