Friday, October 22, 2010

Remembering when the VAT office wouldn't deal with accountants

About 20 years ago the VAT office sent a serious letter to an accountant's deceased client. The accountant had deregistered the client from VAT after his death.

The VAT office letter said:
"We are sorry to learn of your recent demise. We have processed your request for deregistration but if at any time in the future you become liable to be VAT registered again, you should apply to this office for a new VAT number."
A favourite story of Charles Little from Keens Shay Keens Ltd as related by Neil Warren in his recent article in Taxation2 magazine.
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