The average processing times for VAT registration applications for the latest three-month period is as follows:
Period Average time taken in days August 2007 42 September 2007 39 October 2007 28
Average time taken in days
These latest figures represent an upturn in HMRC performance, and this is an early sign that the improvement measures that are now in place are starting to have an impact. This upturn has taken place against an operational background that continues to present challenges, and alongside the ongoing need to operate pre-registration checks against serious abuse such as Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud.