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do you have to pay vat on invoices issued without a vat number.

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do you have to pay vat on invoices issued without a vat number. i am a florist i pay a standard flat rate of 7% My one supplier charges vat on goods sold to us put i have noticed there ie no vat number on any of his paper work?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 4 years ago.
Hello and thank you for using Just Answer,
A business until it receives their VAT registration number, must not charge VAT, or show VAT on invoices. To make sure that they do not lose income in the period after they applied for VAT registration but before they receive the VAT registration number, they should increase prices by an amount equivalent to the VAT rate relevant for the goods or services, and explain to customers why they are doing so.
Ask them if this is the case,
A VAT invoice must show:
an invoice number which is unique and follows on from the number of the previous invoice - if you spoil or cancel a serially numbered invoice, you must keep it to show to a VAT officer at your next VAT inspection
the seller's name or trading name, and address
the seller's VAT registration number
the invoice date
the time of supply (also known as tax point) if this is different from the invoice date - see below
the customer's name or trading name, and address
a description sufficient to identify the goods or services supplied to the customer

Only VAT-registered businesses can issue valid VAT invoices. You cannot reclaim VAT on any goods or services that you buy from a business that is not VAT registered.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

so do i have to pay the vat that they have put on the end of there invoices this compant has being adding on vat for years and not giving any vat numbers I OWE THEM SOME MONEY AT PRESENT AND THINKING MAYBE ONLY PAYING FOR GOODS AND NOT THE VAT THEY HAVE ADDED HELP

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 4 years ago.
If they are not registered then you should not be charged VAT. If they will not advise what their status is then do not pay the VAT listed.