I'm treasurer of a substantial charity and we have two properties opted to tax and do VAT returns every three months as normal. In the modern way we are about to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and have Charity Commission approval. In the back of my mind I thought that we could retain our VAT registration so I asked teh VAT helpline( an oxymoron if ever there was) and it seems that HMRC are so far behind the times they have referred it to their "complex cases" dept. Its been three months and every time I send a reminder all I get is a generic identical response. I have asked consultants who tell me that if the trustees of the present charity and the new CIO are the same then I dont need to de register and re register. Incidentally the helpline at the opt to tax unit said we dont need to do anything about that element.