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Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how long on average it took to complete a registration for value added tax in the latest period for which figures are available. (295860)

In 2008-09 the average time taken to complete a registration for VAT was 19.7 days. The figures for recent months are provided in the following table.

Average number of days taken

April 2009


May 2009


June 2009


July 2009


August 2009


September 2009


The difference in average processing times is due to an increase in the number of potential suspect cases which required further risk checks Processing of these higher risk cases often takes longer as the necessary checks are made. HM Revenue and Customs remains committed to improving processing times, and is working with professional bodies, agents and other stakeholders to tackle the level of incomplete and/or inaccurate applications.