Validating spanish vat numbers
By doing this, you can prove that you have acted in good faith if ever your dealings with a VAT-registered business is questioned by HMRC.
The VIES will also prove useful if you undertake zero-rate transactions with other EU businesses – as one of the conditions of zero-rating is that your clients or customers must be VAT registered.
If it is a valid VAT registration number, the VIES website will confirm this and give you the name and registered office of the business.
Once you have checked a VAT number you can then print out or save the results of the search to prove to HMRC that the VAT number in question was valid at the time of your search.
To check that a UK VAT number is valid you should first check that it is 9 digits long.
(This does not include the GB which is sometimes stated at the beginning).
To access the European Commission’s VIES to validate a VAT number, simply go to this page of their website.
To verify UK and EU VAT registration numbers we would suggest using the below link to the Europa website VIES or contacting the HMRC VAT Helpline, also noted below.
When a business sets up a new purchase ledger account for example, it is good practice to check the supplier’s VAT number because, if it is invalid, so is the tax invoice and HMRC may disallow your input tax claim.
One option, you have to find out whether the VAT registration number you have been given is valid, is to call the HMRC VAT Helpline on 03 – between 8am and 6pm during the week. The first disadvantage is that HMRC can only check up on the VAT number for UK registered businesses.
The second issue is the limited opening hours of the VAT Helpline.