Commentary

PN/22/96 Public access to the VAT register

Part V16 Forms and other HMRC material

PN/22/96 Public access to the VAT register

PN/22/96 Public access to the VAT register

Press Notice 22/96. 4 April 1996

As a result of the response to a consultation exercise Customs and Excise do not propose to remove the current prohibition on disclosure of information on the VAT register.

Customs and Excise announced the consultation exercise in August 1995 to establish whether certain details provided by VAT registered traders should be made available to the public through a new central business register. These proposals were widely circulated among businesses, professional advisory bodies, trade organisations and other interested parties.

The results showed that although some sectors of business—mainly from the finance

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