Someone recently complained to our business that our receipts didn't have our VAT number on them.

If anyone ever requests a VAT receipt/invoice then we draw one up manually, otherwise, we just issue normal receipts for the products in our cafe.

Is there any legal requirement to have our VAT number on the general product receipts that we issue to our customers?

  • I question whether this is on-topic for Personal Finance & Money.
    – RonJohn
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 21:23
  • Any suggestions on where's best for it?
    – Eli Nathan
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 21:24
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    Absolutely 100% legally required. As a VAT registered company, you MUST give a receipt including VAT for every money that you receive. And VAT numbers must be consecutive.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 22:40
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    I think talking about invoices is unrelated as @EliNathan mentioned receipts, but it is the case that the invoice number would increment for each one, but the VAT number would remain the same.
    – StuBez
    Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 12:47
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    So long as the receipt isn't purporting to be an invoice - and is simply a ticket of acknowledgement which displays the items purchased and the cash paid - then there is no requirement for it to say anything in particular regarding VAT. However, you must comply with other rules, such as providing VAT receipts to those who identify themselves as VAT registered. In a retail establishment serving the public, it is the customer who must identify themselves as such and ask for a VAT receipt.
    – Steve
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 0:06


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