How long does it take to register for VAT in the UK?

Paul BeareFounder, Paul Beare Ltd

This will either be quickly – within 2-3 weeks, or longer, if your application is subject to further checks by HMRC.

If your application is subject to further checks, these can be for a number or reasons, and can be requesting further information surrounding the business, where it trades from, what the business does, and further evidence of support – such as potential agreements with clients and information from directors. HMRC is looking to “verify” that your operation is genuine, and will be trading in the UK – and as such warrants VAT registration.

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