On the principle that it is better to be late than never, HMRC released some FAQs to try and answer such topical questions such as When will I get my VAT registration number? This new set of FAQs does not mention that the current backlog of applications is expected to take until Autumn to clear. Various theories theories have abounded as to the cause of the problem, certainly new anti-fraud measures and inadequate staffing are to blame, but it is also thought that the changes to the MSC rules caused a flood of new company applications at the start of the tax year.
The FAQs: Application processing times for VAT registration, are as follows:
Q. When will I get my VAT registration number?
A.Unfortunately we are currently unable to process applications for VAT registration as quickl...