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I have a VAT inspection appointment letter and am slightly

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I have a VAT inspection appointment letter and am slightly concerned that it states in the subject line along with Date - Our Ref - VAT Number


On previous VAT inspection letters confirming the date of a visit it only say's REFERENCE
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 3 years ago.
A VAT inspection is always at first a little unnerving. As you have experienced past inspections you know that they are not always negative.
The change in the wording is not a reason for concern.
It does not mean you are under greater scrutiny than previous inspections.
It is still simply a tracking number that assigns your inspection to a specific inspection officer.
I sincerely hope you do not experience extra concern with this word change or addition in the letter.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What I am looking for is confirmation that the change from "reference" to "case reference" is a a standard change in phrasing from HMRC


As this is different from previous letters that have been received - it sounds ominous and I would like to know for certain that it is now standard procedure

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 3 years ago.
It is standard. The case reference number is supposed to assist HMRC in tracking inter-office mail.
It should not appear ominous at all.
This was all implemented for their scanning procedures.