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HMRC internal manual

Labour Provider Guidance

Systems and processes: HMRC information systems: indirect tax: VAT Return Analysis Tool

VAT Return Analysis Tool (VRAT) is a function contained within the SEES (Shared Expertise to Exploit Software) suite.

It draws information from the VISION (LPOG6490) system and allows the user to instantly capture and interrogate a number of trader’s VAT returns by setting their own criteria.

VRAT is designed to speed up the collection of data from VISION and VIES by automating the keying sequences to access data and then capturing it into Excel Workbooks via the print file.

Before VRAT can be used the Print Output from VISION and VIES must be set to ‘file’. VRAT is available only via SEES.

It is in both of the ‘Investigation’ packages of programmes and once installed the Return Analysis Tool appears as a sub item of Business Analyses Tools on the SEES menu.

When RAT is opened from SEES it sets up its own standby menu item on the Excel menu bar from which it can be “switched on” and this opens the application directly from the SEES directory.

For further details refer to the SEES menu to both download and read more about RAT.