certificate of registration for vat

lorraine Registered Posts: 404
Please can you tell me, when you recieve the above does the effective date have to be the same date as the start date of self employment, or is a month gap between the 2 dates acceptable i.e. start date of self employment 1/09/09 and vat effective date 27/07/2009.

thank u in advance


  • robertg
    robertg Registered Posts: 2 New contributor 🐸
    VAT Effective Date


    In some circumstances you can pick an effective date of registration of VAT before the actual date you are applying for registration.

    Prior to the effective date you can reclaim input VAT (in the previous 6 months for services and 3 years for goods provided they are still in your possession).
  • lorraine
    lorraine Registered Posts: 404
    That you Robertg I have called HMRC and they have told me that this is completely acceptable
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