vat registration - sole trader or partnership?

vat established entity?

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My query is for an established vat registration - how can we find out if this is treated by HMRC as a sole trader or a partnership.

We cannot verify identity online for vat - so maybe not the correct entity?

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By SXGuy
15th Feb 2022 19:01

Do they not have a vat certificate?

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By mavis02455
15th Feb 2022 21:18

The certificate does NOT show whether sole trader or partnership - cannot rely on the name on the certificate

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By Paul Crowley
16th Feb 2022 00:44

The on line certificate does state type of business
Just looked one up on the old system. A former partnership that registered in the trade name
Mildly interesting because the partnership ceased over 20 years ago but it appears that either nobody told HM Customs and Excise or they just ignored the letter
No worries though. Dereistered June 2021

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By Wanderer
16th Feb 2022 09:10

Paul Crowley wrote:

The on line certificate does state type of business

Agreed, just looked up our own (downloaded Mar 2019) which shows:-
Type of business: Partnership
Also ones for Ltd company (downloaded Sep 2104, Sep 2016 & Apr 2019 ) all show:-
Type of business: Incorporated company
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By mavis02455
16th Feb 2022 09:43

Thanks but the problem is we cannot log in at the minute to get an up to date vat certificate - the old vat certificate does not show

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By mavis02455
16th Feb 2022 08:58

Thanks the old vat certificate does not show business type; and we cannot log in at the minute for vat online under "organisation" - so we are thinking maybe we need to try to log in under the "individual" government gateway;

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By bendybod
16th Feb 2022 10:24

Can you not phone HMRC? Or ask the client to if you don't have agent authorisation yet?

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By mavis02455
16th Feb 2022 12:09

Thanks sorted now - the problem was he had not filed his vat returns for a while - so we had to click to say no returns filed, when adding vat service to online account

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