Having signed up one client to the MTD for VAT pilot bak in December, we found that we needed agent authorisation in place for their VAT scheme in order to sign them up using our agent services account. As most clients deal with their own VAT returns we did not have agent authority for VAT for around 40 clients and so decided it would be sensible to get authority in place so we could assist them with the registration process should they need it. As we don't hold all the necessary information to do an online authorisation (Particularly date of registration) we decided it was easiest to do this on paper.
Since 22 January we have sent in a total of 38 Agent Authorisation forms and have found that not a single one has been processed. Having called the VAT helpline they advise that if it has been more than 4 weeks we should resubmit them.
Has anyone else experienced this level of delay in processing the forms?