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Who can apply for VAT number?

You can register for VAT if you're in business and you are one of these:

  • An individual sole-trade or sole-proprietor
  • A partnership, including a limited liability partnership
  • A private company limited by shares, or a company limited by guarantee
  • A club
  • An association
  • A charity
  • Any other organisation or group of people acting together under a particular name, such as an educational or health institution, exhibition, conference, etc.
  • A trust

You can't register for VAT if either of these is true:

  • You sell only goods or services that are exempt from VAT
  • You aren't in business according to the definition that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) uses for VAT purposes

You can only register for VAT if you're in business. HMRC defines a business as a continuing activity involving getting paid for providing goods or services - in money or another form of payment such as in-kind or barter. You are in business when, for example:

  • You earn an income by carrying on a trade, vocation or profession - by being self-employed or through another entity such as a limited company
  • You provide membership benefits as a club, association or similar body in return for a subscription or other form of payment
  • You provide certain other activities as a club or other recreational body, charity or other non-profit making body
  • You charge admission to a premises

To be in business, these activities must have a degree of frequency and scale and be continued over a period of time. Even if your activities have some or all the characteristics of a business, they may not be considered a business for VAT purposes if they are essentially a recreation or hobby, or an isolated transaction.

So if you only make occasional VAT taxable supplies, or your supplies are minimal, it may be that you don't need to register for VAT. The one-off or infrequent sale of your personal belongings at a car boot sale or auction, for example, would fall into this category - but buying goods for resale on a regular basis is definitely a business activity.

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Becoming a UK & EU Registered Importer

All commercial importers must have a unique EORI number. Those that do not currently have one, will have to obtain one from HM Revenue and Customs. In most cases, the EORI application will normally be processed within five working days. We strongly recommend that you submit your EORI application well in advance of when you wish to use the EORI number to avoid delays at import or export. Contact us to see how we can assist you, or click here to read more...