How and Why You Need to Verify a VAT Number

Updated on June 5, 2022

It’s always beneficial to have some background information about the organization you’re dealing with. You may learn more about a company’s history and prior clients by conducting an internet search, but using a tool like DueDil gives you access to financial data like turnover, earnings, and assets.

Any firm that is VAT registered must have its VAT number verified, no matter how comprehensive your due diligence may be.

What is a VAT number?

A VAT number, also known as a VAT registration number, is a code assigned to businesses that are legally required to collect and remit value-added tax. There are two ways to locate a company’s VAT registration number: on their HMRC-issued VAT certificate and on every invoice they issue.

What does a VAT number look like?

UK VAT numbers are nine-digits long and generally begin with “GB,” which is useful information for new VAT users.

Check out the Government’s website to understand the style and format of VAT numbers in the EU.

Why it’s important to check a VAT number

If you don’t double-check a VAT number before filing your return, you run the risk of invalidating your invoice and having HMRC reject your tax input claim, forcing you to eat the loss and dealing with a mountain of paperwork.

A small percentage of individuals try to illegally use someone else’s VAT number, though this is a small percentage of the time.

As it turns out, it’s not that difficult to run a simple diagnostic test. To avoid any problems, simply follow the procedures outlined below.

How to perform a VAT registration check

When it comes to verifying your VAT registration in the United Kingdom, you have two alternatives. One option is:

On 0300 200 3700, contact the HMRC VAT Helpline. During the week, this line is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Businesses in the European Union can use the VIES website to verify their VAT status online. Individual member states’ VAT systems provide real-time data feeds for this page.
It’s a good idea to double-check your VAT number if the website indicates that it’s incorrect. There are a variety of ways you may get in touch with HMRC if the VIES site displays the number as invalid.