A VAT property questionnaire (VAT 5L) is required every a business involved in land, property or construction services registers for VAT. The VAT 5L form is part of the application process and is completed online and printed for the client’s approval.
As a separate process, a business wishing to opt to tax its interest in a property must complete form VAT1614A, quoting its VAT registration number, details of the property, date the option is to take effect and so on.
I recently agreed to complete the above forms, plus the usual VAT1 registration form, on behalf of a client buying a commercial property to partly rent out and partly convert to dwellings for sale.
When I clicked on both forms, I expected them to instantly appear on the screen and be ready for completion. Instead I was met with a surprise instruction: “If this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of the document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.”
The website then suggested that I download the latest version of Adobe Reader to my computer – what a pain! I did this and, you’ve guessed it, still no joy.
I had another brainwave – I would try again on my reserve laptop, but that produced the same result.
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I then contacted my trusted IT advisor, who has acted for me for 18 years. He’s the sort of guy who will happily play with computers for hours on end, getting as much pleasure as I would watching a high-scoring football match or the latest quality television drama.
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