Supporting Guidance: business records checks: at the visit: VAT registered business: a VAT invoice
A VAT invoice is a term to describe an invoice which contains information required under VAT legislation.
A VAT invoice must contain the following information:
- a sequential number, based on one or more series which uniquely identifies the document
- the date on which the goods were delivered or the service was completed (time of supply)
- invoice date
- the name, address and VAT registration number of the business
- the name and address of the customer
- a description sufficient to identify the goods or services provided
- for each description, the quantity of goods or the extent of the service
- the net value of the supply, the VAT and the gross value of the supply.
A VAT invoice can be either in paper or electronic form.
A VAT registered business must issue a VAT invoice to its customers and keep a copy within the business records. The business must also keep copies of VAT invoices from its suppliers within the business records. Not only is the purchase or expense invoice a statutory record, it is essential that the invoice is kept to support any claim-back of the VAT paid (the input tax).