Can VAT numbers be publicly available ?
In general, value-added tax (VAT) numbers are not publicly available. VAT is a consumption tax that is levied on goods and services at each stage of the supply chain, from production to final sale to the consumer. In the UK, businesses are required to register for VAT if they meet certain criteria, such as having taxable supplies that exceed a certain threshold. Once a business is registered for VAT, it is assigned a VAT number, which is a unique identifier that is used for tax purposes.
VAT numbers are not typically considered public information and are not usually published or made available to the general public. However, businesses are required to include their VAT number on invoices and other tax documents, so it may be possible to obtain a VAT number by requesting it from the business or by reviewing their invoices or other documents. Additionally, some companies may choose to publish their VAT number on their website or in other public materials. It is important to note that VAT numbers are not the same as company registration numbers, which are publicly available through Companies House.