Carousel fraud delays VAT registrations

Carousel fraud delays VAT registrations

Delays last up to 12 weeks, as the crackdown on missing trader fraud hits business start-ups

VAT registrations are being delayed by the crackdown on VAT fraud.

HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that it is checking registrations more
rigorously in order to prevent the fraud, raising fears about the impact the
crackdown could have on business development.

Delays have lasted as long as 12 weeks, the FT reported. HMRC was
quoted as saying that ‘in the current climate of criminal attacks on the VAT
system, some extra checking is unavoidable’.

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