VAT: Local Government

Treasury written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many local authorities were selected by HM Revenue and Customs for checks specific to their VAT returns; and how long such checks took in each case.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

For the current year to date HMRC have undertaken 701 checks in relation to the VAT returns of local authorities. For 2012-13 the number was 657.

The length of time involved in each case differs according to the nature of the check. In the case of simple checks, where perhaps a phone call to the customer is all that is needed, the case is resolved on the same day as it is started. In the case of other checks, especially in relation the larger local authorities, these may last weeks, months, or longer.

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