HMRC says that the online system is easier, more secure and faster than using a paper form. As well as avoiding postal delays, the online system provides on-screen help and you get an immediate acknowledgment that HMRC has received your application.
If you apply for VAT registration online, HMRC will also enroll you automatically for its VAT Online service, which you can use to submit returns. In addition, your certificate of registration will be available to you online.
HMRC has also revamped its VAT Online service so that it now offers a new variation service – allowing businesses to change their VAT registration details – and a new online de-registration service, for businesses who want to cancel their VAT registration.
To find out how to sign up to register for VAT, visit the HMRC website.
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