We (a Yacht Consultancy) have recently applied for a VAT number for a UK based company that has been dormant since 2013 but that is due to start making taxable supplies in approx. 1 year
The Company is fitting out yacht which will take approx.1 year and will then be chartered out on short contracts to clients wishing to use it for advertising. The company would like to claim the VAT where possible on the refit costs.
After the initial online application HMRC requested additional info by way of a questionnaire (Business address / business activity / expected taxable turnover etc) after several weeks they have replied that the are 'not satisfied with the objective evidence to show that you are in business and either making or intending to make taxable supplies'
They will not speak to me directly as I am not authorised by the Director who is away on annual leave for 2 weeks.
Has anybody else been in this situation and suggest what 'objective evidence' we could provide that would prove we are intending to make supplies? or perhaps you are not able to register so far in advance of trading?