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This guidance note provides an overview of the types of situations where HMRC may issue an assessment to a VAT registered business. This note predominately deals with assessments issued on or after 1 April 2010. It should be read in conjunction with the following guidance notes:
Crown debts and demands for VAT
This guidance note can also be used in conjunction with the Checklists - VAT assessments document.
VAT registered businesses have a legal obligation to submit their VAT returns and payments within specified time limits (due date). If the returns are not submitted or not received within the time limits or the returns submitted contain errors, HMRC has the power to raise an assessment, to the best of its judgement, to the business in order to collect the VAT due. Please see the Best judgement guidance note for more information.
The principal aim of assessments is to enable HMRC to establish a legally enforceable debt which can then be pursued as a debt due to the Crown.
An assessment can be issued in the following circumstances:
where a VAT return is missing, incorrect or incomplete
where a business has failed to render a return
where an earlier prime assessment is considered to have been too low
from 1 January 2015 where returns have not been made to the tax authorities in other EU member states in relation to supplies of broadcasting, telecommunication and electronic services to consumers in the UK. Please see the Hiring goods, e-services, telecommunication services and radio and broadcasting services and Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) ― registration guidance notes for more information
where the business has not kept required documentation and HMRC has not been afforded the facilities required in order to check the accuracy of returns
where HMRC considers that the returns submitted are incomplete or inaccurate
where the business has claimed incorrect tax credits, ie where for any VAT
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