On 3 December, VAT Live reported that HMRC has launched an online VAT number checker service. The provides a real-time check that a UK VAT number is valid, plus the name and address of the taxpayer holding the number. This service is being launched as the UK leaves the VIES EU VAT number validation service.
The VAT number checker is at –
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