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False Vat Number?

Posted 18 May 2013 under Tax Questions


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Hi Tim, We used a False Vat Number but since then registered for VAT, we have amended all our invoices to the clients. What are the implications of using a temporary false vat number?

We have amended the invoices to not include vat until we get our VAT number, should we submit these to the clients and run the risk of having to pay back the VAT or should we wait till we receive our vat number and then re-submit the invoices with our new vat number on ? Please can you offer some advise - we would like to do the right thing.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
19 May 2013 at 16:23

Using a false VAT number is not allowed and one of the risks is that your client may submit those invoices in order to claim their VAT back and SARS would look into the VAT number which could result in problems for both you and your clients.

Going forward what you shoud do I issue a Pro Forma Invoice and then as soon as you have the VAT number you reissue the invoices and submit those on your VAT returns.


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