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It's question time

27 August 2008 / Neil Warren
Categories: Comment & Analysis , VAT questionaires , VAT
NEIL WARREN considers the practical issues of dealing with VAT questionnaires sent to clients by HMRC


  • Completing a VAT questionnaire may obviate the need for a VAT visit.
  • HMRC are attempting to make the process customer friendly.
  • Read the questions carefully to ensure you give the information HMRC really want.
  • The reason for supplying the past two years' annual accounts.
  • The fuller the reply the more likely the outcome will be arrived at speedily.

A couple of weeks ago one of my practitioner clients sent me a copy of a seven-page VAT questionnaire and covering letter that one of her clients had received in the post from HMRC.

They asked for a lot of detail about the VAT affairs of the business. Her question to me was very direct (just as I like them):

'Do I need to panic or are these...

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